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Yakima Will Present Action Steps to Begin Master Plan

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The Yakima City Council will finalize a series of action steps in it's upcoming Tuesday meeting.

There are eleven steps the city is planning to take by 2015 to start the downtown renovation. First would be the designing of the Yakima Plaza, the center piece of the plan, which would be an expansion of the existing Millennium Plaza. City Council wants to have that design complete in the first few months of next year.

Another step the city plans to take is a parking study to determine how to make up for lost spaces taken up by the Yakima Plaza. Downtown businesses say they like the plan but they need those parking spots to survive.

"Downtown where the Millennium Plaza is, that's a beautiful area," Patty Hayes of Brews and Cue's said. "But they need to provide adequate parking for the businesses that are already here. Don't drive them out of town."

Part of the plan is to create new parking structures to increase parking spots but Brews and Cues and other businesses are worried they simply don't have enough input into the downtown changes.

The city also wants to create a retail outreach strategy by the end of next year. In 2015, the city will begin working on turning Yakima Avenue into a Boulevard with a green median and conduct a feasibility study for a public market.