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Capital Budget Allows for Projects in 14th District

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Representative Mary Skinner secured $2 million of from the Capital Budget for projects in the 14th district. One of them is for a possible visual arts center in downtown Yakima.

The Yakima Valley Museum will be receiving $25,000 from the Capital Budget to conduct a feasibility study for the visual arts center.

Where the center will go and how much it will cost is still unknown.

This is just the next step in making downtown Yakima a cultural center.

Museum Director John Ball says part of the study will be finding a location downtown that will be visible and easily accessible.

Ball says, "This is something being done in revitalized downtowns all over the country. Some have been successes and some have been abject failures."

Also in the 14th district $2.5 million will go to the new Yakima Valley Vocational Skills Center at YV-Tech and $100,000 will go to designing a new early learning center in the east valley and $375,000 for the second phase of the pedestrian and bike trail in Naches.

As far as the visual arts center goes they expect the study to take about 9 to 12 months.