YAKIMA, Wash.--It seems like plans on a new fast
food restaurant in Downtown Yakima are moving along even though some are still
A few council members have expressed doubts about
having a drive-through near Yakima Avenue, saying it may not be suitable for an
area that's trying to attract more pedestrian traffic. Others are worried that
cars turning into the fast food joint could cause major backups.
However, the city's community development director
said that can easily be fixed.
"I think the bigger concern for traffic is just
cars trying to turn into the site, especially those making a left turn and
particularly on North First Street," said Steve Osguthorpe, the Community
Development Director. "And so we're going to be incorporating some barriers
within the street to prevent those left turn movements."
During Tuesday's city council meeting,
Osguthorpe said easement issues were resolved. Now, the next step is issuing
permits and then the vacant Grand Buffet will be demolished