Joint project will expand Three Rivers Convention Center, add additional hotel

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The city of Kennewick is partnering with A-1 Hospitality to expand the Three Rivers Convention Center.

The $85 million project will expand the left side of the convention center into the parking lot, creating an exhibit hall and theater space. An additional seven-story, 155 room hotel and retail space including restaurants and stores will also be added.

The convention's Executive Director Corey Pearson said the convention brings in about $31 million annually in economic impact. He said the expansion will help increase that number.

"This area is really becoming the core," Pearson said. "Especially with the Vista Field development that's happening. It's pretty amazing what's going on."

There is currently no set date on when the project will start, but developers are hoping to have things underway in the next two years.

The City of Kennewick will be hosting two open houses for the community to learn more about the project. The first will be on Mon., Sep. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

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