YAKIMA, WA. -- In 2006 the Cascade Mill shut down in Yakima. Since then not much has been done to the over 170 acres left behind. On Tuesday, the Yakima City Council will take a big step forward with their plan to redevelop this land.
City Council will hold a study session outlining the initial steps needed to begin development. The city first needs to buy the land to be able to demolish the buildings still standing.
After that, the city plans to remove an enormous amount of wood waste and landfill from the site starting at the end of 2014. Cleaning up the site could be expensive, costing more than $15 million. Neighbors say they just want to see something done to the land that has been sitting empty for years.
"It looks trashy," Gabriel Rayan said. "I hope they at least clean it up and maybe make a store around here."
The city's plan is to develop the Cascade Mill Site into something like a market to bring businesses and jobs to the area but not compete with downtown.