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Union Gap Plans To Upgrade It's Busiest Street

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- The city of Union Gap is starting a redevelopment plan to make Main Street more appealing to businesses and people who live in the area.

"Main Street has been let go," said Union Gap Mayor, Roger Wentz.

"Right now we have the opportunity to incorporate design standards and a theme in our first phase," Wentz said.

The city is in the process of forming a committee to create a new face for Union Gap's busiest street.

"We are finally feeling some momentum behind us," Wentz said.

The new plan will redevelop the section of Main Street from Second Street to Franklin Street, paid for by a $4.8 million grant the city has for these kinds of projects.

So far, everyone seems to be on board with the idea

"We haven't heard any opposition at all on this," said committee organizer, Dave Butler.

Union gap city officials said they will hold several public meeting on what everyone wants to see here in downtown Union Gap, similar to those held in Yakima for the Downtown Master Plan.

"We want to redesign that and refocus on more of a retail, small business, walk-ability, livability plan," Wentz said.

It is still too early to tell what will come of these meetings, but officials said they want everyone to take part.

"We are just forming the committee to get the citizens and business owners involved, so this is a good opportunity for them to step up and get involved," Butler said.

They also want to get the plans moving sooner than later.

"Establish the design, establish the theme to be able to get this ball going." Wentz said.