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Brainstorming future flight plan of Vista Field in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Now is your chance to tell the Port of Kennewick how you'd like to see Vista Field in the future.

A consulting firm is studying whether to expand the airport or close it and develop the land for other uses.

Some of the ideas tossed out include turning Vista Field into a premium airport in the Northwest that would include restaurants, shops, and a walking path to the Three Rivers Convention Center and other areas of the entertainment district.

Michael Mehaffy, DPZ consultant, says he will study the environmental and economic impacts of the suggestions and come back in January with recommendations.

"There are different ways you can go whether the airport is here or not here. We think a good decision could be made in either case. There are going to be different trade-offs. These are the kind of things that only the community can decide."

The workshop continues Thursday from 9 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at The Three Rivers Convention Center.  The port will hold a public advisory vote before making a final decision.

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