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7 sites: As economy improves, big commercial projects move forward

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The Riverside9 Apartments are being built along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee.

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Taking shape: A mix of factors contribute to region's commercial build-up

Taking shape: A mix of factors contribute to region's commercial build-up

It took nearly a decade for Lyman Boyd to kick off second-phase construction on his Leavenworth hotel, the popular Bavarian Lodge. Today, saws are buzzing and hammers banging.

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Some numbers in this article were updated July 8 to more accurately reflect project sizes and costs.

Here’s a sampling of some of the major commercial projects around the area … 

Riverside9 Apartments

One of the area’s largest new residential complexes and a major addition to waterfront development in Wenatchee.

Owner: Weidner Apartment Homes, Kirkland

Location: 895 Riverside Drive, Wenatchee

Cost: $30 million

Size: 312 units on 6.84 acres

Opening: Leasing has begun. Tenants begin moving in Aug. 1.

Notable: During construction, adjustments were made to second-floor heights and window placements to maximize views of the Columbia River (to the east) and Cascades foothills (to the west).

McDougall & Sons Baker Flats Warehouse

Huge facility that combines and expands some of the company’s shipping, storage and trucking operations.

Owner: McDougall & Sons Inc., Wenatchee

Location: 5905 Nelpar Drive, Baker Flats, East Wenatchee

Cost: $7.7 million

Size: 445,000 square feet on 20 acres

Opening: Already operating are loading dock facilities and controlled atmosphere rooms. Complete operation expected by September.

Notable: The McDougall company has incorporated “green” technologies in a number of areas. For example, to trim power use, light from traditional electric fixtures is supplemented by light from the many overhead skylights — all controlled and balanced by computer.

Regency Wenatchee Nursing and Rehabilitation

A skilled-nursing facility located just west of Central Washington Hospital.

Owner: BD Wenatchee I, LLC, Wenatchee; managed by Regency Pacific, Kirkland

Location: 1326 Red Apple Road, Wenatchee

Cost: $7.7 million (estimate from state Department of Health documents)

Size: 55-beds in a 34,914-square-foot building on 4.3 acres.

Opening: Summer 2015.

Notable: Regency Wenatchee is a replacement facility for the 55-bed Regency Manor in Chelan, which was built in 1968. The company is moving the facility to Wenatchee to “go where the population is,” according to David Stroud, president of Regency Pacific’s development division.

Stemilt Fresh Center

The new headquarters for one of the world’s largest fruit companies.

Owner: Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee

Location: 3135 Warehouse Road, Wenatchee

Cost: Estimated $4.1 million.

Size: Three-story building with 42,700 square feet of office and meeting space.

Opening: Move-in was May 1.

Notable: Its name — “Fresh Center” — gives a hint that Stemilt’s new office building has a playful side, said company spokeswoman Brianna Shales. Conference rooms have names like “Think Tank,” and its modern, open concept (with lots of natural light) promotes teamwork and interaction among employees.

Gamble Sands

The state’s only new golf course to open this year takes shape near orchards amid shrub-steppe terrain.

Owner: Orchard company Gebbers Farms, Brewster

Location: 200 Sands Trail Road, about 12 miles east of Brewster

Cost: Not available.

Size: An 18-hole, 7,169-yard course on about 140 acres.

Opening: Aug. 1.

Notable: Designed as a traditional in-the-rough Scottish course, all of Gamble Sands sits atop 300-foot-deep sand deposits. “Epic dunes amid a convergence of natural blessings,” said course manager David Christensen. “Cascade mountains, Columbia River, huge open sky and those dunes.” Sand can make a course more challenging, he said.

Bavarian Lodge

The popular Leavenworth hotel expands, reconfigures and upgrades

Owners: The Lyman Boyd family

Location: 810 Highway 2, Leavenworth

Cost: Estimated at more than $5 million

Size: 90 rooms total (42 new)

Opening: Many rooms, if not all, should be open by mid-August

Notable: Owners Lyman and Janeane Boyd have personally designed and built interior accents for many of the new rooms, described by Lyman as “rustic-modern with luxurious bathrooms.” He built mantels for fireplaces in all the new rooms — “with a bandsaw and belt sander you’ve got it made” — while Janeane handled the overall decor.

Apple Valley Honda

Major expansion of one of the region’s top car dealerships that entails a move from Wenatchee to East Wenatchee.

Owners: Sims Import Inc., Bellingham

Location: Corner of Highline Drive and Third Street SE, East Wenatchee.

Cost: Estimated $4 million.

Size: A 33,000-square-foot facility containing showrooms, offices and service department on 5 acres.

Opening: April 30, 2015.

Notable: Honda’s move from its Olds Station site in Wenatchee to its new East Wenatchee location puts dealerships for all three major import brands — Honda, Toyota, Nissan — within a block of each other. “It’ll be a hot place for people to shop for cars,” said Honda’s General Manager Tod McLaughlin. “The selection, the competition all in one place. It should be good for everyone.”

 

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