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Kennewick port, city, PFD to hash out Vista Field plans April 7

Kennewick port commissioners, city councilmen and public facilities district board members will discuss the redevelopment of Vista Field at 6 p.m. April 7 at Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center.

Officials plan to discuss competing visions for the the redevelopment of Vista Field and the expansion of the Three Rivers Entertainment District.

The port owns Vista Field and is working with the community and a consultant on redevelopment plans for the former airport. The public facilities district plans to expand the Three Rivers Convention Center, which it owns, and connect it to the city-owned Toyota Center, which it manages for the city. The city council has a say in convention center expansion plans because the public facilities district needs city permission to take on any more debt.

The port had asked the public facilities district to consider an alleyway for vehicles and pedestrians between the convention center and Toyota Center to help Vista Field build off activity at the two venues. But the alleyway also is where the public facilities district wants to put a building. The district is working on a concept that would add multipurpose and concessions space.

The multipurpose exhibit hall also is being considered as a potential performing arts venue. A standalone performing arts center also has been pitched as a possible catalyst project to start off Vista Field.

Columbia Gardens, a joint redevelopment project between the port and city, also will be discussed during the meeting.

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