Benton County invests $2.1 million in riverfront project

Benton County invests $2.1 million in riverfront project

The Port of Kennewick received $2.1 million from Benton County to go toward finishing the Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village as part of its riverfront revitalization project.

Officials with the Port and City of Kennewick, Benton County, Columbia Basin College and local wineries, among others, gathered at the wine village construction site on 301 E. Columbia Drive to celebrate the investment Tuesday afternoon.

The money will cover infrastructure costs for the wine village that include parking and food truck areas, storm drains, street lights and more as part of phase two of the revitalization project, according to Port of Kennewick CEO Tana Inglima.

It will also contribute to phase three of the project, which aims to build The Willows/CBC Culinary Institute in downtown Kennewick near the wine village site.

Phase one of the project, which will cost the Port and City of Kennewick up to $1.3 million, is still underway. It will include wine village buildings for different vendors to rent out, Inglima said.

Local wine makers have already signed up as future tenants at the village. Phase two will increase the space for more wine makers to join.

Construction of the wine village will likely be completed by the end of this summer.