Downtown Pasco

News & Updates

The Pasco Downtown Master Plan will create a shared community vision for the future of Downtown.


Downtown Master PlanUpcoming Meeting- November 15th
Join the City for a Meet & Greet and then an Open House to hear your comments on the Draft Downtown Pasco Master Plan!

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
Meet & Greet at Mercy's Taco Pizza
524 N. 3rd Avenue (across the street from City Hall)

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm 
Open House in Council Chambers in City Hall
525 N. 3rd Avenue

This plan is the first for the City of Pasco and is the culmination of a year’s worth of effort working with community members and businesses to develop the plan. The Downtown Master Plan is a plan of action. It is focused on a vision, guided by goals, achieved in strategies, but realized through actions.

Draft Downtown Pasco Master Plan Ready for Public Review!
This plan is the first for the City of Pasco and is the culmination of a year’s worth of effort working with community members and businesses to develop the plan. The Downtown Master Plan is a plan of action. It is focused by a vision, guided by goals, achieved in strategies, but realized through actions.

Download the Draft Plan here.

The Vision for Downtown Pasco:
A lively and authentic downtown.
A district showing our history.
New connections to the Columbia River.
A place for all ages to enjoy.

The Vision is supported by four primary goals:

  • Active and Safe Streets and Public Spaces for All
  • A Downtown that reflects Pasco’s History, People, and Culture
  • Robust and Collaborative Downtown Management

October 5 Online Open House
The City held a webinar to hear from the public on the draft Downtown Pasco Master Plan on October 5; watch it here.

The webinar provided an overview of the plan and an opportunity for questions and comments from the public. An in-person meeting with downtown businesses and property owners is also planned soon.

About Downtown Pasco
Our vision for Downtown Pasco is to create and foster a culturally diverse and economically vibrant neighborhood for businesses, residents, and visitors. 

Downtown Pasco is home to just under 10,000 residents and 8,000 jobs and is a certified Main Street Community designated by the Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation. Our Downtown is home to some of our region's most culturally diverse businesses and several large employers nearby, including the Pasco School District, Lourdes Hospital, Franklin County Courthouse, and Pasco City Hall. 

The neighborhood is within proximity to many public facilities and amenities, including Edgar Brown Stadium with a capacity of over 5,000 seats; Volunteer Park, a seven-acre park that serves as a gateway into Downtown, the Franklin County Historical Museum, which opened in 1911 as a Carnegie Library; and the Sacagawea Heritage Trail along the Columbia River connecting Pasco to our neighboring communities of Kennewick and Richland. 

The Pasco Farmers Market and the Pasco Specialty Kitchen are also centrally located Downtown. The Pasco Specialty Kitchen is a certified commercial kitchen for local entrepreneurs. Established in 2003, our commercial incubator kitchen is certified by the Washington Health Department. The Pasco Farmers Market has been in operation since 1988 and attracts vendors from across the Pacific Northwest, featuring fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and more. The Market runs from May through October.  

Plans and Projects for Downtown Pasco

Downtown Pasco Master Plan
The City of Pasco is working with Framework Cultural Placemaking for the development of our first Downtown Master Plan. The primary focus of this master plan is to improve the quality of life and business environment through identifying strategic investments, policies, and implementation steps to help foster a thriving Downtown.

Lewis Street Overpass 
The Lewis Street Overpass project will join 2nd Avenue on the west to Oregon Ave on the east, and the construction of a 625-foot concrete overpass over the BNSF Railway yard and a 70-foot single-span structure over 1st Avenue. The project will provide a safe and important connection for the Central Business District and will include areas for safe walking and bicycling.

For more information, visit the Lewis Street Overpass website.  

Lewis Street Corridor Improvements (2nd – 5th Avenue)
This project will improve the Lewis Street corridor between 2nd and 5th Avenues with improvements to the street, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping. 

To stay up to date on this project, please visit the Lewis Street Corridor Improvements website.

Community Resources

Contacts
For more information, please contact the Department of Community and Economic Development offices at (509) 545-3441 or the staff below:

 Jacob B. Gonzalez                               Mike Gonzalez

Planning Manager                              Economic Development Manager

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