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Port Of Kennewick Buys Property Along Columbia Drive

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Port of Kennewick Commissioners say they've been after some of the property along Columbia drive for about a year. Owners have finally agreed to sell their part.

It's about three acres total. The port doesn't have a set plan yet on what they will be building there.

Port commissioners have agreed to give the current owners enough time to finish any final commitments they may have. And this really seems to be a win-win situation for both parties.

"It's a willing seller basis so if the price isn't right, if they don't want to sell they don't sell, but what we're finding is that there's some people there, that have been down in that area for many many years, and some of them are retiring," said Tim Arntzen, Executive Director for the Port of Kennewick. 

"I don't have anybody to take over the business for me and I'm getting to the age to where I want to retire, and I think this would be a help to the port to do what they want to do," said Fred Durfee, who's selling this property to the port and purchased it back in 1973.

The port has bought the land for a little over $900,000. That's just for the three Durfee parcels, which have water and commercial frontage.