HANFORD – All that rain has tossed a monkey wrench into some of the commercial construction projects underway in Hanford.

Progress on the 10,000-square-foot Dollar Tree store near the intersection of 10th and Fargo avenues has been delayed, according to developer Kathryn Smith.

Smith said workers haven't been able to do the paving. She said the paving has to be in before tenant improvements to the building can start.

"We can't pave," she said. "It's a mud puddle. We're pumping water out of there."

"I can't give you a firm opening date because of the rain, but if I were to guess, I would say mid-April," she said.

Smith said that once the paving is completed, the building should be ready to open in about six weeks.

Shah Nahal, owner of the Chevron gas station at Fargo and 10th, said the opening could help his business.

"Anything will help," he said. "It will bring more traffic."

Dollar Tree wasn't the only project complicated by the weather.

Next to the Denny's on the north side of Highway 198, workers made progress this week on a four-story, 80-room Home2 Suites by Hilton.

Instead of working on the muddy ground, laborers were doing work off the ground inside and on top of the structural framework.

Frances Perkins, who will manage the new hotel, said in June last year that it could open by July 2017.

Perkins couldn't be immediately reached Friday for an update.

The rooms, which will include full-size refrigerators, cookware/tableware, dishwashers, sinks, garbage disposals and laundry facilities, are designed for multi-night stays.

"I've heard many a travelling baseball parent tell me about the need for hotel options here in Hanford," said Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes. "I think this will help out."

Ongoing work on the Dunkin' Donuts location in the Hanford Mall parking lot also had to deal with the rain this week.

Laborers were busy making improvements to the inside of the building, which used to be Arsenio's Fresh Mexican Food.

The last information on the popular coffee shop's scheduled opening date was obtained by The Sentinel in September 2016, when Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman Amy Scarlett said it would open "in late 2016 or early 2017."

Dunkin' Donuts officials couldn't be immediately reached Friday for further comment.

The rain has delayed progress on completion of the Highway 43/East Lacey Boulevard roundabout, according to Deputy Hanford Public Works Director John Doyel.

It was slated to be done this week.

"The [weather] has been hampering us," he said. "I need a week of dry weather to finish it."

Doyel said there is still some paving and striping work to do.

The reporter can be reached at snidever@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2432. 

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