Officials break ground on Vista Field redevelopment

Plans to transform Vista Field from a former airport into an urban center took a tangible step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony on April 22.

“With this groundbreaking event the transformation of Vista Field is finally becoming real,” said Tom Moak, Port of Kennewick commissioner. He said the redevelopment project bridges a great divide between neighborhoods.

The Port of Kennewick said it expects shovel-ready parcels to be available for private-sector development by spring 2020. It’s the first step to transform the 103-acre former-airfield into a “vibrant urban center for the region.”

In March, the port commissioners awarded a $4.9 million contract to Total Site Services of Richland to build the first phase, which includes roads, utilities, sidewalks, streetscaping, lighting, a commercial plaza and a linear park with water features.

“Knowing the work that has gone on for many years to bring this long-awaited project to the ground-breaking ceremony is very exciting. Total Site Services is looking forward to partnering with the Port of Kennewick and help bring their vision to fruition. I know there has been countless hours of planning and prayers and to have the privilege to be a part of this is a real blessing to myself and the entire TSS team,” said Lisa Chapman-Rosa, managing member, Total Site Services of Richland.

The project will open nearly 20 acres and create access across the former airfield connecting from West Deschutes to West Grandridge.

Port, city of Kennewick and Benton County elected officials and community leaders attended the ground-breaking event, which was open to the public.

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