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What's Next For Early Learning Center?

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Southeast Community Center will remain standing, but that leaves the Ready By Five program looking for a new location for their early learning center.

"We originally identified close to twenty different sites. So now we're going back and revisiting those and we'll make a decision in the next couple of days," said Ready by Five Executive Director Helen Marieskind.

Some of those twenty sites have since been pulled off the table due to size constraints. One of the sites was the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Park.

They've now narrowed their list down to about seven sites.

"They want to stay within a specific area and from Mr. Lenniweh's comments last night they want to minimize any sort of displacement so that does limit options, but there's vacant land out there that they can look at," said Assistant City Manager Dave Zabell.

"We must build within that East Yakima District, and so they are all in that neighborhood," said Marieskind.

The Ready by Five People also addressed another issue that's been seen in the news media and that's the $30-million-dollar price tag that was put on this project.

Marieskind says, "I'm not quite sure what the origin of that figure was, but this is a ten year program and we need to prove ourselves every year that we are in deed making a difference."

Right now the only money they're guaranteed is the five-million-dollars they received last month. The performance of the program will secure the rest.

They hope to name a new location in the next few days.
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