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Yakima City Council Moves Forward With Plaza Parking Proposal

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Months ago the city decided on a design for a Yakima Public Market Place, but with this new market idea came the issue of parking and creating more space.

  The city plans to remove parallel parking and instead place diagonal spaces on the streets off of Yakima Avenue.

“I've seen this over on Third Street where they've made the parking spaces diagonal and it seemed to work out beautifully,” Kana Winery manager Catherine Goodsen told KNDO.

     The parking project is estimated to cost around $90,000.

City Council member Shawn Hawkins says the project won't take longer than a few months to complete.

Not everyone is thrilled with the idea though; some business owners still have concerns. 

  “I own a small business, so if this doesn't work out I'm going to take my things and move away,” local restaurant owner Victor Reneria told us.

     The plaza design will cause the downtown area to lose about 120 parking spaces, but the city says they'll solve that issue with the new diagonal spaces.

     Some business owners are hesitant though, they believe that the public market could affect their sales and how functional the streets are for tourists.

     The city does however plan to move forward with the designs.

     A redefined plaza and parking concept will be introduced to board members on October 7th.