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City Council hopes to move forward on First Street Improvements

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The City of Yakima has given the downtown area a makeover in recent years. Now the Yakima City Council wants to carry that idea over to another part of town.

The city council wants to fix up the North First Street corridor. They hope to convince enough business owners in the area to allow for a tax that would go to beautifying and cleaning the area. They need a certain percentage of owners in the corridor to agree to the tax.

They've done this before in downtown Yakima, but just this September not enough downtown business leaders agreed to keep the tax going. Yakima's mayor hopes the North First Street businesses sign on for the good of the area.

"We know there's gotta be a plan in place to help revitalize those business owners and that means changing the images, changing the view and helping take some pride in that entrance to our community," says Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley.

Cawley says he and the council are aware of many of the problems that plague the street, like violent crime and prostitution. He says they're working to fix those problems along with developing this plan.

The council will discuss this and other issues at tonight's meeting. It starts at six PM at city hall.