KENNEWICK, Wash. - In a developing story, the Vista Field Airport gets the green light for re-development after almost being shut down last year.
Last March the Port of Kennewick voted to keep Vista Field Airport open and now they've just approved an updated master plan. The plan sets a blueprint for developing the airport in phases over the next 10 years. This year they plan to improve the infrastructures, add six hangars and refurbish the fixed based operator building. The total project is expected to cost about $12 million which is why Port Commissioners say it's very important to create public-private partnerships. "The Port's commitment would be to put in the infrastructure and provide the surface of the land itself to the private developer," said Skip Novakovich, Port of Kennewick Commissioner.
Commissioners say the funding will come mostly from private companies and possibly some state grants. They also plan on adding a weather station by next year.