YAKIMA, Wash.-- After more then two months of hearings and public comment, Yakima's city council has decided to give up control of a portion of North Second Avenue.
Hops Extract Corporation of America petitioned to buy the one-block of Second Avenue between Lincoln and D Street for $28,000.
At Tuesday night's council meeting, an attorney for the company told the council they may end up leaving Yakima if the application was denied.
Yakima's hearing examiner says the proposal wouldn't have enough benefit to offset the negative impact the closure would have on other businesses. But, the council voted four to three in favor of the company, and now a local businessman says he may have to close his doors because of it.
"I thought it was really interesting that four members of the Yakima City Council voted to put a business out of business that's been here since the 1920's," said Lynn Buchanan, owner of Buchanan Warehouse, Ltd.
Buchanan says he'll lose about 40% of his truck scale business since semi's will no longer be able to use Second Avenue to get to his warehouse.
The company will now likely fence off Second Avenue between Lincoln and D Street, something they say will help them better comply with a federal food safety act.