YAKIMA, Wash.--Four Exxon Tiger Markets in Yakima have been abandoned for more than a decade and have potential environmental contamination.
That's why the city is working with the landowner and the Department of Ecology to purchase these properties.
The city manager said the next step is to get council's permission to do an appraisal, and then negotiations with the current owner can start. If the city takes ownership of the lots, they can get things cleaned up quickly and re-sell them for commercial use.
"We're excited about the prospects of putting these properties hopefully back into production for the community and to remove these, what clearly are aesthetic eyesores for the community that have been there for way too long," said Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke.
O'Rourke said they'll ask the council to approve the appraisal in the next few weeks. If the four properties do change hands, the city said they can get money from the Department of Ecology for cleanup efforts.