Southridge area still booming

Southridge area still booming »Play Video
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There's no doubt the Southridge area of Kennewick is continuing to boom. The city is taking the next steps to keep it that way.

Building in the Southridge area of Kennewick continues to boom, transforming a rural area into part of the city.

"There was only a few houses; basically this road here was the only one that had houses, and a few custom homes," said neighbor Jason Janowsky.

He settled here with his family two years ago, back when plans for this area were just that – plans.

"When we took the kids trick-or-treating, there wasn't very many places for the kids to go," he said.

Development will keep happening quickly thanks to a state program. Kennewick will get $500,000 a year towards local revitalization for the next 25 years.

"We've demonstrated to the state and others that we can build success here," said Evelyn Lusignan, Kennewick's customer service manager.

That success has opened the door for new state funding. The city will use the money to build infrastructure and roads, starting with widening and expanding the part of Hildebrand Boulevard just past the new apartments.

Ridgeline Drive and Sherman Street will also get the same treatment. This paves the way for new neighborhoods and, most importantly, the light industrial park.

"There's always more that we want to do or have, but we have to focus on what are our highest level of needs, what's going to create jobs, what's going to provide the services that are absolutely essential," Lusignan said.

Neighbors like Jason look forward to it.

"I don't mind," he said. "You've got the restaurants, got the stores. We're hoping it builds up a little bit more."

That's the main goal for Kennewick and the changing face of the Southridge corridor.

Officials say the area continues to pay for itself, increasing the tax base to over $56 million just last year.