A cluster of bowling ball-sized grapes at the corner of Auburn Street and Kennewick Avenue will be the latest public art added to the downtown area, the Kennewick City Council has decided.
The sculpture was recommended to the council by the Arts Commission and will be paid for by the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership.
Artists Michael and Joseph Rastovich will create the grape cluster called Fruits of Our Labor, to be reminiscent of Kennewick's legacy as a grape-growing community, dating back 100 years.
This year will be the 100th anniversary of Kennewick's Grape Fest, said Kevin Ferguson, assistant city manager, during Tuesday's council meeting.
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-- The council approved assigning sales tax credit to the state so the city can begin receiving $500,000 in local revitalization financing that will pay for $13.6 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements in the Southridge area, which is east and west of Highway 395 and generally south of 27th Avenue near Southridge High School.
The agreement with the state requires the city to assign new taxes generated by sales and property development in the Southridge area to receive the annual contribution.
Marie Mosley, city manager, said the city will receive its first $500,000 contribution July 1.
The local revitalization financing program is expected to provide $12.5 million over the next 25 years while the Southridge area continues to develop.
-- Mayor Steve Young recognized May 15-21 as National Police Week and National Public Works Week, May 1-7 as National Drinking Water Week and May as Building Safety Month.
-- The council voted to award a $559,559 contract to Inland Asphalt Co. to pave Hildebrand Boulevard to 27th Avenue and for Southridge Boulevard to Highway 395.