Construction under way for new assisted living facility


A new assisted living facility is making its home behind the Plaza Safeway.

Motorists passing the property adjacent to Applebee's as they drive along State Route 125 may have seen construction taking shape on the development known as Traditions at Walla Walla.

The project is a $13 million, 120-unit complex of apartments, each designed with their own living, eating and sanitation facilities.

Spokane-based Inland Washington LLC is leading the assisted-living project located north of Village Way and Fairway Drive.

CrossRoads SteakHouse is planning a Cajun celebration in honor of Fat Tuesday next week.

The downtown Walla Walla restaurant, located in the historic Dacres building, is planning a special Mardi Gras menu and live music for the event Tuesday.

Oysters Rockefeller, blackened catfish with maque choux and corn sauce, honey ale shrimp and grits, and gumbo will be offered, as well as the restaurant's all-you-can-eat ribs, said owner Kim Kelly-Frank.

Phil Lynch will bring friends to perform Cajun and Dixieland music in the lounge. Masks and beads will be provided. Reservations are accepted at 522-1200.

Organizers of the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce/City Business Showcase are making plans for the event this month.

Businesses and volunteer organizations are encouraged to promote their products and/or services through the event, which is free and open to the public March 31.

Spots for tables can be reserved by calling the Chamber office at 541-938-5563.

The business showcase will open to the public 5-7 p.m., with setup time in the afternoon prior to the doors opening. Foods and refreshments will be served. The event is for promotional purposes only at the "non-selling event."

Liberty Tax Service will salute Walla Walla's men and women in blue with free tax preparation at its offices next week.

Between March 7 and 13, law-enforcement officers and firefighters who are first-time customers of Liberty Tax can have their taxes prepared free of charge.

The event is intended to "honor the courage and dedication of our men and women in law enforcement and public safety to show appreciation for their work to keep this community safe," said Sharon Dodgin, owner of the local franchise.

For more details, visit 705 W. Rose St., suite A, or 1637 Isaacs Ave., suite D, or call 526-5081.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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