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Kennewick Voting to Bring Wineries, Businesses to Clover Island & Columbia Dr.

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KENNEWICK, WA. - The Port of Kennewick and Kennewick's City Council will vote Tuesday on an agreement to bring wineries and businesses to Clover Island and Columbia Drive.

Some of the plans are more than a decade in the making. They include new landscaping along Columbia Drive near Clover Island to sound proof a wine village. They want to bring more local wineries and provide a space for residents and tourists to go wine tasting.

They also plan to add boutiques and art galleries. Other developments include better access to the Columbia River on Clover Island with a courtyard and buildings with second story views of the river.

"We're bringing back the magic of the river. We're going to partner with the city of Kennewick finally after 11 years of work on this and we're going to make something happen. We're done talking and we're going to move dirt and build something," said Port of Kennewick Commissioner Skip Novakovich.

The Port of Kennewick and the City will split the $2.6 million cost of the project. The Port Commission will vote at their 2 p.m. meeting Tuesday and the city council will take their vote that evening at 6 p.m. If the agreement is approved, some phases of the project could be complete by the spring of 20-15.

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