Developers hope to save buildings on downtown streetPosted: Updated:
The Committee for Downtown Yakima has recruited a developer to try and save an old building on 2nd and A Streets.
Some residents are hopeful the building won't be torn down.
"I'd like to see the building stay. I think a vacant lot would sit here forever."
"I think it would be a good idea to renovate it and attract different people to come down and rejuvenate the downtown area."
The building has been vacant for a year now.
The county originally planned to tear it down to make room for future expansion, but that's when the Committee for Downtown Yakima stepped in.
"We were interested in saving these buildings primarily because of the retail potential they have and the proposal that Dianne has for ten retail spots," says Sean Hawkins of the Committee for Downtown Yakima.
In 2006, Diane and Gregory Vance remodeled the Talcot Building on the corner of 3rd Street and Yakima Avenue.
Since then, the business there has been booming, while maintaining the building's historic charm.
"The fact that they want to do another project is a sign that things are working down here," says Hawkins.
Since the Vance's were the only developers to make a proposal, the commissioners approved their request for six more months to find out if the project is financially feasible.
So for now, the building stays standing until July when the Vance's and the commissioners meet again.