MATTAWA - Big plans to better the Mattawa community are in the mix. The small farming town wants to turn itself into a destination on several levels.

Right now, plans are in the works to lease and buy land near the high school on Boundary Avenue and Government Road for the development of a new community center. Port of Mattawa Assistant Director Lars Leland explains what the center would be purposed for, "it wouldn't be for just weddings and parties, it would be used for everything." 

Leland says crews could break ground on the new center within the next few years if funding allows it. Also planned for the city is the Government Road redevelopment project. The project has already begun with a timeline of 10-15 years for completion, "We will be adding a turn lane, sidewalks, park benches, lights," said Leland. 

Funding for the project will come from local and state grants. 

An open house/public forum on the community center will be held inside the Wahluke High School auditorium Thursday, Sept. 28 at 5p.m.