RICHLAND – Richland officials have rejected a plan to add a public market similar to Seattle’s Pike Place to its development plans.
The Tri-City Herald reported that in a letter Wednesday the city informed The Crown Group and Richland businessman Adam Brault that it will proceed with the original plan for a retail, office and residential project at a city-owned property sometimes called “the pit.”
The Crown Group secured a development agreement with the city a year ago on a proposal that did not include a public market.
Supporters of the proposed market asked the city to endorse the proposal and contribute $60,000 to develop the business plan. Brault says the city misunderstood the proposal and that the $16 million development cost would be privately funded, not city funded.
City officials weren’t available to elaborate on the issue.
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