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Yakima: Why Not Here? [Poll]

image courtesy KIMA Action News

Developers in Ellensburg have announced plans to build an outlet mall ,water park , two hotels and a convention center. Why can’t it happen here?

Our news partner KIMA Action News is reporting on their website that those on again off again plans for a water park in Ellensburg now seem to be on again. Developers now say they have the financing to make it happen after years of failed attempt.

Developer Gene Martin says an outlet mall will accompany the water park along with two hotels and a convention center.

A maze of slides, lazy rivers and walkways all indoors. Concept images show lush courtyards lined with popular stores.

But, is this realistic?

“We have it all lined up. Signed off. We’re going to do the deal. We will build this facility.”

This facility comes with a high price tag. Nearly a billion dollars when it’s all said and done. So who’s footing the bill?

Reporter: “The taxpayer isn’t paying any money for this?”

“No, there’s nothing but private money for this,” Martin said.

Construction’s scheduled to begin this fall, but it will be about three years until this plan becomes reality.

The developer says the facility will be powered by solar and wind energy.

Our  question is: Why not Yakima?

Our city has a bigger population base, and better weather (less wind) than the Kittitas Valley. Why wouldn’t a developer want to build here? (To be fair we do have a great convention center already)

Take our poll to give us your opinion.


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