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Protecting Yakima's Historic Buildings

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YAKIMA, Wash - One local group is fighting to keep historic buildings in Yakima.  The group hopes to put these buildings on a historic preservation list in order to protect them.  There are site that have slipped through the cracks.

"They are going to demolish that building and I regret that greatly, but the building there now is not listed on our local register," says Nancy Kenmotsu, a Commissioner on the Yakima Historic Preservation Commission.

Kenmotsu is reffering is to the 60-year-old Sullivans Dry Cleaning building in Downtown Yakima.  A Walgreen's will soon take its place.

"Everyone of us loses when property that has a part of our heritage goes down," explains Kenmotsu.

In addition to creating the local Historic Building Preservation List, the commission is making a review system that historic sites would need to go through if someone wanted to make changes to them.  The review would be through city staff and it would make sure the changes would not affect the historic look of a building.

"People who live here are proud of their heritage.  When you have historic buildings that go with it, it shows where you come from and where you are going," says Beverly Towell, a Yakima resident.

"I think Yakima has a lot of history and the buildings have a lot to do with that," explains Theresa Otto, who also lives in Yakima.

In order to be on the preservation list, a building must be over 50-years-old and have historic importance.  The commission plans to have a review process put into place in the next few months.