The City and Port of Kennewick receive award for Vista Field project

The City and Port of Kennewick receive award for Vista Field project

A local redevelopment project has been recognized with an award from the state.

The City and Port of Kennewick received the Smart Partnership Award from the Governor’s Office for the Vista Field Redevelopment Plan. The award recognizes a joint public project that implements a cohesive plan.

Kennewick Mayor Don Britain and Port Commissioner Thomas Moak both accepted an award for their respective agencies. Moak said it’s an honor to be recognized by the state.

“I think this is recognizing the Tri-Cities as being very important in what we’re doing here,” Moak said. “Being seen by others is not just good for ourselves but good for the whole state of Washington.”

Vista Field is Kennewick’s former airport that closed down four years ago. The city and port’s plan is looking to turn the 103 acres of empty land into an urban center with apartments, houses, restaurants and other businesses.

City and port officials say they hope to celebrate the project’s groundbreaking event this fall.