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Four Big Eyesores in Yakima will be Cleaned Up Soon

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With help from the Department of Ecology, the City of Yakima is one step closer to cleaning up four huge eyesores around town. With help from the Department of Ecology, the City of Yakima is one step closer to cleaning up four huge eyesores around town.

YAKIMA, WA - With help from the Department of Ecology, the City of Yakima is one step closer to cleaning up four huge eyesores around town.

The city has been wanting to purchase the abandoned Exonn Tiger Marts for years. Once cleaned up, they're in prime locations to attract new businesses.

The cost of the properties was $1.1 million

The city said each of the stations has a history of gas spills that contaminated the soil and groundwater below. The Department of Ecology said they're asking for $2 million under the governor's supplemental budget to help clean up the four properties.

The department said they've been wanting to clear the contamination for a while and are excited to finally move forward.

"This one has been caught up in a lot of litigation, so it takes a lot of time and effort," said Valerie Bound with the Department of Ecology. "You have very small steps forward. So that's why we're very excited about the city coming in because they're going to be a cooperative partner throughout all this."

Bound said the property on 2312 West Nob Hill Boulevard is the most contaminated and could take up to three years to clean up. However, the property on 5511 Summitview Avenue is in much better shape and could be turned around quickly.

The city said they already have interest from potential buyers.

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