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Winter weather delays Kennewick wine village project

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- This harsh winter is putting Kennewick's Wine Village project on a bit of a delay.

The Port of Kennewick tells Action News "Phase One" of the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine Willage is on pause.

Meanwhile, there is some construction activity happening off site.

The location of the wine village is on Columbia Drive across from Zip's Hamburgers.

Port of Kennewick gave Action News a look at new releases of the conceptual design of the wine village.

The designs show spaces for wine production, tasting rooms, restaurants and a cluster of food trucks.

Public gathering spaces would focus on the trail and waterfront.

"It's going to be a great waterfront gathering place for the entire region. People are clamoring for more access to the Columbia River. This is going to provide that. We're still working with the city and Benton County and talking about phase two and hoping to move that along as quickly as we can so if Mother Nature plays nice we'll be able to get some things started soon," said Port of Kennewick Deputy CEO Tana Bader Inglima.

The Port of Kennewick says with long lead-time contracts like this, there is flexibility built in.

And with this cold spell, workers will just have to wait until things warm up.

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