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City Tears Down Old Gas Station and Eyesore

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 YAKIMA, WA.- An abandoned gas station in Yakima was demolished early Monday morning.

Crews have already recovered more than 16-thousand gallons of gasoline that had leaked into the surrounding soil. They completely tore down Tiger Mart on West Nob Hill Blvd. and 24th Avenue, but it's taken years to get permission to finally remove the old gas station and mini mart.

The State Department of Ecology is working with the City of Yakima to begin redevelopment.

Crews still need to remove over four thousand gallons of free floating fuel and contaminated soil before they can take the next steps to redevelop the land, but this is a step in the right direction.

The Ecology Department says in years past, some of the petroleum fumes had drifted to nearby homes, so starting the clean up process is essential.

“Reports at the time said people's houses had fumes in it because it migrated underground and you know we got out a lot of it, but we need to get this final property for it to be able to be available for rehabilitation,” Joye Redfield-Wilder with the Ecology Department said.

In the coming weeks, they'll be removing the rest of the contaminated soil.

Eventually the City of Yakima hopes to be able to commercially lease the property for new businesses.