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Yakima City Council Chooses Downtown Plaza Design

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YAKIMA, WA -The Yakima City Council Tuesday night made a decision on a new downtown plaza design.

Council members chose the linear design which adds the most parking to the down town area and includes event space, a lawn and a water feature.

Yakima City Manager Tony O'rourke says the chosen design will now go back to the designer for some final adjustments, then the council will hold one final vote in October.

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We will finally find out Tuesday which plaza design will be chosen for the downtown master plan in Yakima. The city council is meeting Tuesday to decide which of the five designs they like the most.

Every design has similar elements; a lawn, event space and some shade. The only major difference is the look of each plaza. 


Yakima native and internationally renowned architect Kathryn Gustafson put together the 5 different designs. Four of those designs are at the preferred site behind Olive Garden next to the Capitol Theatre. And the other is at an alternate site at the corner of Sergeant Pendleton Way and North Second Street. 


We talked to the city manager who said deciding on just one design is proving to be challenging. 

"They are all very attractive, they are also very functional," City Manager Tony O'Rourke said. "So I think she's done a fabulous job in addressing the concerns of the community and the council in terms of the core elements that are in each one of the designs."

The public has expressed concerns over losing parking spaces. Gustafson noticed and added parking in some of her designs. The city is also planning to add 100 angled parking spots to help offset the loss. 

After the city council chooses their favorite plaza design Tuesday night, it will go back to the designer for some final adjustments. After that, there will be a final vote in October. 

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