PROSSER, Wash. -- More progress is being made on construction of the Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, but it's not done yet. Thursday marked completion of the second phase of a three part project.
The first physical building, the outdoor event facility is now finished. The 2,400 square food building sits on the 24 acre site along the Yakima River. The newest building will host outdoor social events for the Clore Center.
Leaders from the business community, wine and culinary backgrounds and politicians were there for the kick off.
Businessman Nick Cox said, "it's definitely going to be good for the region, good for businesses, great for agriculture. For education, getting people to learn more about the area, the regional wine."
Marv Kinney with the Port of Benton explained, "it's an education facility, the main building really. And we're going to have a demonstration kitchen and also a showcase Washington wine."
The next phase includes putting up a 15-thousand square foot building which will have a tasting room, retail shop, and kitchen with a amphitheater. The facility will serve to promote the state's wine and food industry. Construction is expected to be complete by 2013. It should cost around $5.5 million.