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Luxury apartments coming soon to downtown Kennewick

Luxury apartments coming soon to downtown Kennewick
Luxury apartments coming soon to downtown Kennewick
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Thanks to revitalization efforts, new shops and business have opened over the last two years. Now, two investors are stepping in to build something the city has never been seen before.

Investors and the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership said this will change the way we think of the downtown area.

“Now is the perfect time to invest in downtown Kennewick and join this amazing community,” said Stephaine Button, executive director of the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership.

From outdoor seating to specialty boutiques popping up in downtown Kennewick, it’s hard to ignore the revitalization effort and now, new luxury apartments are coming in 2021.

“The ability to live, work, shop and play all in one place is incredibly attractive to a lot of consumers, and I think the downtown area here in Kennewick will provide all of that for them,” said Brian Griffith of Klein Griffith Properties Group.

The drab parking lot and vacant buildings on the corner of W Canal Drive and N Auburn St. will turn to luxury living. The developers say The Nineteen will have 28 upscale apartment units and three to five commercial spaces.

“We're focused on providing the highest quality of living for our tenants so they enjoy being in the spaces we've designed for them,” Griffith said.

The developers from Klein Griffith Properties Group hope the apartments attract a more vibrant crowd to the downtown area eager to live, work, and play.

The building will be five stories tall. The first two floors will house commercial spaces. The developers and Button both say they are hoping for a grocery store. The top three floors will be apartments. Ten units on the third and fourth floor, eight on the fifth. The fifth floor will also be home to a common entertainment space with fire pits and a hot tub.

“Now you're going to have people who need something to do all day,” said Button. “There's going to be a reason to be here from early in the morning to late in the evening.”

Button says everyone at The Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is excited for the new project. She says it will bring a need for round the clock entertainment, shops, bars and restaurants.

“It’s really going to transform the landscape and complement what's already happening here,” Button said.

Griffith said they plan to apply for a loan from a credit union. He said this is more beneficial than having outside investors come in, because they live here and understand how the community works. The total project will cost between $10 million and $12 million.

The developers plan to start construction in spring of 2020.

Once the developers start construction on the 60,000-square foot building, units will go up for pre-leasing.

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