Naches Avenue has history and controversy.  I was an important avenue in Yakima's peaceful past lined with what might be considered historic homes.  It has also served as a pipeline into that part of town once known as "the hole" in Yakima's darker drug filled days and today, it often serves as shade for a homeless population and for those waiting for addiction treatment at near by facilities.

But there is no denying the North/South roadway with it's middle divider and green grass and trees is a unique stripe in the city landscape.

In a news release, City Hall says "A $12,000 state grant will help the City of Yakima explore the possibility of establishing Naches Avenue as a Local Historic District..

The funds are from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historical Preservation (DAHP). The grant was announced during the City of Yakima’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting on June 26th.

“The grant will be used to build an inventory of historical buildings on Naches Avenue,” said Associate Planner Trevor Martin, the Historic Preservation Commission’s staff liaison. “Depending on how well preserved they are, Naches Avenue could then be nominated to the Local Register of Historic Places to develop an awareness of the area and preserve its historic integrity.”

Naches Avenue is one of Yakima’s oldest residential areas. The grant-funded work will likely begin in October and continue through next spring.


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