Washington Port City Seeks To Attract Visitors With Wine Village
The Port of Kennewick is hoping to attract wine tourists through the redevelopment of underutilized port property along the Columbia River into the Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village, a multi-phase development that port officials say will better link downtown Kennewick to the waterfront. Lynn Porter of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports that port officials are following a trend of redevelopment seen by similar facilities.
The port does not have barging, rail or airport facilities. It buys distressed properties and tries to encourage development on that land. Port funding comes from property taxes and leases.
“We are not out to compete with the private sector, but there are opportunities that are under utilized,” [Tana Bader Inglima, the port's deputy CEO] said. “I think more and more ports are doing what we're doing.”
The first phase of the wine village, which will include room for three small wineries and tasting rooms, will cost an estimated $2.58 million, with completion scheduled for Spring of 2017.