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Port of Kennewick Plans to Develop Waterfront into a Wine Village

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Plans to bring the wine country into the city of Kennewick are underway. Plans to bring the wine country into the city of Kennewick are underway.

KENNEWICK, WA-- Plans to bring the wine country into the city of Kennewick are underway.

Wine is big business in our region and the Port of Kennewick wants to bring that business into the city to land on Columbia Drive. Plans for an exciting new wine village are gaining speed to make the waterfront land a community attraction.

At the port meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed an agreement between the port and the City of Kennewick to invest in infrastructure that would support building the wine village.  Commissioners say the wine village would include many small wineries.

"Hopefully encourage a lot more start up wineries to come and locate here. There's been a number of wineries already interested in talking to us about this so this isn't build it and they will come. This is real," said Skip Novakovich, Port of Kennewick Commissioner.

The port owns 16 acres along the waterfront they plan to dedicate to the wine village and they're hoping to acquire more land to support this development. 

Commissioners say the meeting with the City of Kennewick was historic and a big step forward for the Kennewick waterfront.


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