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Community Responds Well to Columbia Drive Revitalization Project Plans

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The City and Port of Kennewick are joining forces to expand growth in the wine industry and on the waterfront. The City and Port of Kennewick are joining forces to expand growth in the wine industry and on the waterfront.

KENNEWICK, WA.-   The City and Port of Kennewick are joining forces to expand growth in the wine industry and on the waterfront.

The City and Port held a special joint meeting Tuesday to discuss revitalization plans"between the two bridges" in Kennewick.

The future of Columbia Drive, also known as the "Columbia Gardens" project is a vision for a place for people to come together.

Think plans of a waterfront wine village to include a wine pre-treatment facility and zoning, winery crush pad, extending the "Bookend" nature trail around Duffy's Pond, tasting rooms, shopping and entertainment that will draw residents and visitors to Kennewick's historic waterfront.  

Commissioners say the project could ultimately become the wine destination as envisioned by the community for boutique wineries in Kennewick.

Kennewick's Mayor, Steve Young said, "what we want is to be a city that everybody wants to be like.  There's no doubt that the people and residents that live here have that same feeling. I don't like traffic and I don't like a lot of people around me, but I love what the city is doing right now.  And I think this is a key part of the future of this city."

This is only the joint boards the second public hearing on the proposed project.

The Port and City have already expended $5.2 million toward the revitalization.

 Jim Hagar with HDR Engineering says it comes down to a mission to do what the private sector can't do or won't do due to financial constraints.

The City and Port of Kennewick will continue to work in partnership to secure any grants or loans that would be available for the project.




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