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April 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

McCaw vets building cleantech “innovation center” in Tri-Cities

McCaw Cellular veterans Wayne Perry and Cal Cannon are building an 89-acre “innovation center” in Richland, the cornerstone of a 325-acre research park that’s being developed in the Tri-Cities.

The pair hope to attract more technology companies to the area with a campus including office, research and manufacturing facilities, plus a datacenter, housing and retail.

“The Tri-Cities Research District’s vision for the whole Tri-Cities’ future convinced us the area is becoming a hotbed of economic and technological activity,” Perry said in a news release today. “We’re betting the Tri-Cities is a good business opportunity for us — and for cleantech companies.”

Construction begins this fall on the first phase, including about 175,000 square feet of office space (about the size of a Costco), plus an underground parking garage.

Their project was announced today at the dedication of a $1.6 million publicly funded infrastructure project alongside the property. It used federal stimulus funds to add new bike lanes, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, sewers and communications infrastructure that will serve the research district.

A rendering of the project:

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