YAKIMA, Wash.--People stood on the outskirts of the Track 29 Retail Center in Yakima Saturday, waving signs and asking people to help save the downtown landmark.
Many people in town are very upset about the possible destruction of Track 29. The mall's previous owner went bankrupt and now the property's trustee wants to convert it into a parking lot. Business owners said that tearing down the center not only destroys a historical landmark, but it also take away 48 jobs from people living in the community.
It first opened more than 25 years ago with a lot of popularity. People liked the ambiance of Track 29, turning box cars into village shops and restaurants connected by a boardwalk.
"You know there is a song, I don't know if you guys have ever heard it, that says let's rip out Heaven and make it a parking lot," said Lonnie Davis, the owner of Russillo's. "We're right in the middle of that song right now."
Tenants said they've been told to vacate by the end of the month. They hope that Saturday's rally will garner enough interest in Track 29 and with some improvements and repairs, they think it could become a tourist destination.