New home permits in Tri-Cities climb
By Kristi Pihl, Herald staff writer
New homes continue to sprout up in the Tri-Cities.
Kennewick, Pasco and Richland all report the number of building permits for new single-family homes has picked up this year.
Pasco has seen the most new homes, and is on track to add about 500 this year. All three cities already have exceeded their totals for approved permits in 2009.
Hayden Homes, based in Redmond, Ore., has 140 new homes that received building permits in the Tri-Cities so far this year.
Deborah Flagan, Hayden vice president of sales and marketing, said 100 of those homes are in Pasco, 35 are in Kennewick and the other five are in Richland. The company also has started 50 new homes in West Richland so far this year.
The homes are priced from $119,000 to $300,000, Flagan said.
Flagan said Hayden has seen a steady demand. She credits it to the region’s recreational activities, good schools and new businesses.
“People are willing to invest in their home because this is where they want to stay,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »