The Yakima City Council is moving forward after receiving a letter from an association calling itself Preserve Downtown Parking that threatens court action if the city moves ahead with plans to build the Yakima Central Plaza in the parking lot in front of the Capital Theater on 3rd street. Yakima Mayor Kathy Coffey tells KIT News. "We are moving forward and hiring an outside counsel to make sure that our view and opinion of this is correct."
The opposing group has hired an attorney and has sent a letter to the Yakima City Council saying two city ordinances bar the city from changing the parking lot to a plaza.  City officials disagree saying the city has provided equivalent parking in areas around the lot that makes up for the loss in parking if the plaza is built.