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Plans Moving Forward for Downtown Kennewick's Wine Village

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KENNEWICK, WA. - The Port of Kennewick agreed to move forward with a wine village in downtown Kennewick two weeks ago, and now the city council is on board as well.

Council members voted six to one Tuesday night in favor of the village. With the partnership set in stone between the City and the Port, more intensive planning and budgeting for the project can start.

Council member Don Britain tells NBC Right Now the partnership is integral to growth, the Port is mostly in charge of development, while the City takes care of infrastructure.

One of the big concerns was a water treatment plant which is necessary before any wineries would be able to move in.

"The downtown area has been ignored. It is a major, important part of the city and so this is going to create a nice economic redevelopment program down there, bring in jobs, hopefully some property taxes, retail sales and just encourage new growth down in that area," said Don Britain, Kennewick City Council.

The first phase of the project is the Wine Village; the port has deemed this parcel of land Columbia gardens.

One idea to help pay for the infrastructure is to charge wineries per bottle produced there.