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West Richland development meeting

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- A big turnout Thursday night in West Richland for the public to see plans for possible development.

 City leaders have come up with some conceptual plans to re-develop along Van Giesen, Red Mountain and where Van Giesen intersects with Bombing Range Road.

 The biggest priority, both for city leaders and the public is Van Giesen, called the Yakima River Gateway.   One of the possibilities there could be multi story condos where the grocery store building is now that would look over the Yakima River.

The city has already applied for and been given a $254,000 state enhancement grant with plans to start on the Yakima River Gateway next year.  "That's helping people to see this is not just pretty pictures, it's just not talk, that we're putting things on the shelf, but we're listening to them and we want to begin to implement those things that our citizens think are important," said Mayor Donna Noski. 

Mayor Noski says code enforcement and cleaning up Van Giesen over the next year will be one of the first priorities.

"This is wrapping up phase one and so as we start phase two of the Van Giesen redevelopment, we'll have another opportunity for input and also to bring more information to the community about how things can progress, how they can be funded and where we really need to start first.  We really do get a sense tonight that the Yakima River Gateway is an important place to start," said Noski.

 More public meetings will be scheduled in the future to further discuss West Richland development.