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Businesses are showing support for the Downtown Plaza

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YAKIMA, WA - A downtown Yakima restaurant has started a challenge that promotes health and the downtown plaza plans.

The owners of Crafted have started the walk to work challenge.

"The walk to work challenge is essentially our challenge towards the local business owners to find different parking opportunities for their employees," said Dan Koommoo Owner and Chef of Crafted.

The challenge encourages employees to be active by getting in a few extra steps and supports the downtown Yakima plaza. 

"The challenge is primarily to shed light on the one of the most polarizing concerns about the proposed plaza, which is parking. There are 1250 parking spots within a one block radius of the proposed plaza... So we are trying to do our part by opening up even more parking," said Koommoo.

Koommoo also says that businesses supporting the plaza show they care about Yakima and only want to make it better.

"To continue to have a future for Yakima we need to look at the big picture, which is economic growth... At this point the city just spends money and we are not raising money and this is one way we can create that revenue stream, by creating a lot more body heat to the area, which brings a lot more buzz, which means it's a walking town, which means all businesses will benefit from it," said Koommoo.

Single Hill Brewing, Gilbert Cellars and Sports Center have also taken on the walk to work challenge. 

When talking with Bruce Smith who is against the plaza he says the walk to work challenge proves the point of there being a parking shortage in downtown Yakima.

Smith also says that even if the plaza was to happen and parking was made available a few blocks away he says that would not replace the upfront parking that currently exists.