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Bridge To Bridge Progress

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Bridge to Bridge project continues to move forward.  Friday, crews demolished the old Beaver's Furniture building on Columbia Drive as part of the Kennewick revitalization project.

 The President of the Port of Kennewick Commission, Skip Novakovich said cleaning up the rough parts of Kennewick,  along the river is their main priority.  He says City Manager Marie Mosley is also very interested in this project as well.

Novakovich says he port already purchased half the land they're planning on revitalizing and cleaning up. There are 28 acres and they own about 14 of them.  He says they want to buy additional property between the Clover Island Bridge and the Cable Bridge.  It costs about $800,000 and they want help from the city.

"We're hoping the city will come in and help us.  The city can't really purchase property but they can do infrastructure improvements. So we're hoping that they'll partner with us on that.  We actually own the Willows Trailer Park and we transitioned the residents of that into other areas.  A lot of them into better areas than what they had,"says Novakovich of the progress made in the last few years.

He says the Port of Kennewick put in about $22 million  so far in acquiring property and fixing it up..