After reading your front-page story (TCH, Nov. 16) on the proposed performing arts center and discussing it with Justin Raffa, director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, I am in favor of having the Port of Kennewick move forward with the plan for building a temporary performing arts center by recycling materials already available on Vista Field.
This would be the nucleus for a village-like area where residents could find what they want in one location, where the theater arts groups could rehearse and perform without having to rely on school buildings where school activities must always be first priority. The entertainment district could attract shops, restaurants, bistros, markets, parks, wine bars, coffee shops, galleries and other businesses in harmony with the overall plan, a pedestrian area including perhaps hotels and condominiums or town houses, all within walking distance of each other.
The proposed 113-acre site for the facility is owned by the Port of Kennewick, which has three commissioners who make the decisions after listening to public input and studying the facts. Their names are Tom Moak, Don Barnes, and Skip Novacavich). I I urge you to express your opinion also.