Yakima City Council votes to plan for a more cost-effective downtown plaza

Yakima City Council votes to plan for a more cost-effective downtown plaza

YAKIMA, WA — The Downtown Yakima plaza will be revisited by consultants, and could see some changes.

The city council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to ask plaza designers and planners to collaborate with the city to look at more cost-effective designs and alternatives.

Concerns surrounding plaza ranged from its $14 million price tag, to eliminated parking options in the downtown area.

The plaza and its most recent updated plan were initially listed on the city council meeting agenda for vote — four city council members had already expressed opposition prior to the meeting.

However, that plan was scrapped following the motion made by councilwoman Carmen Mendez.

“I can’t believe that we had to go to the 11th hour to have this outcome,” said councilwoman Kathy Coffey, “That is all in the past, let us see that we can come out with a good outcome for everybody.”

The city council has 60 days to work with consultants to come up with an alternative plan.