16 Jun Vista Field Opens
Vista Field Opens
Celebration Marks Completion of Phase 1 Infrastructure
Kennewick, Wash. A community celebration today helped mark the completion of the first phase of infrastructure at Vista Field. View the Site Opening event video.
The initial infrastructure in the central 20 acres of the site readied 21 parcels for private-sector development that will blend mixed-use neighborhoods with urban lifestyle amenities and marked a major milestone in transforming Vista Field.
“Today marks the first step toward what the community told us they wanted during the planning for the site,” said Skip Novakovich, port commission president. “We’re excited to see the private-sector build here and help transform Vista Field into the Tri-Cities’ new urban town center.”
Hundreds of people gathered to help open the site and explore Vista Field’s new amenities and public gathering spaces, including water features, pedestrian bridges, wide walkways and a tree-filled streamside promenade. Roadways connecting to the new Crosswind Blvd. at West Canal Drive, West Grandridge Blvd. and West Deschutes Ave. opened after the event, providing multiple entrance points to Vista Field.
The port is now accepting development proposals from new urbanism style commercial, residential and retail builders for the initial 21 parcels in phase one. Proposals are due July 15 at 5 p.m. PDT to be included in the first review cycle and by August 15 at 5 p.m. PDT for the second review round.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries from builders on the available parcels and one proposal for a live-work space already – I expect this first phase to fill quickly,” said Amber Hanchette, port director of real estate and operations.
Port of Kennewick is following a community-driven master plan with the goal of turning the 103 acres into a vibrant, regional town center. Once the entire site is complete, economic projections indicate redevelopment could mean nearly 1,000 residential units, 740,000 square feet of commercial space, more than $500 million in private-sector investment, $51 million in new infrastructure, $408 million in new (taxable) buildings, and 3,380 jobs. Learn more at VistaField.com.
Port of Kennewick is an economic development entity focused on developing assets to create sustainable family-wage jobs, build infrastructure and user-friendly transportation systems and enhance the quality of life within the port district.