The City of Sunnyside Building Department has been kept busy during the past month handling requests for building permits, which will result in more than 15 new businesses coming to town during the coming months.
Just last week the contractors who are renovating the old Kmart building dropped by the department to say that as many as six tenants are lined up for the 2600 Yakima Valley Hwy. site, said Mike Storms, a city building official.
"We understand that there are six possible tenants scheduled to fill the site," Storms said. "We expect to be hearing more from the building owners during the next few weeks," Storms added. The old Kmart building, owned by Tri-Parks Development of Tacoma, will be subdivided into smaller retail spaces of not more than 15,000 square feet according to a preliminary plan on file at the city building department.
While the city building department is excited to see movement at the long vacant building, the old Kmart building isn't the only commercial expansion underway in east Sunnyside.
Storms said the city has received four building permit applications for additional commercial projects which are expected to get underway in the next month.
Storms said two retail centers are on the drawing board, which will both be built to the east of the Dollar Tree, also on Yakima Valley Highway.
The first project, valued at more than $600,000, is a 10,200 sq. ft. retail center, Storms said.
"As we understand it, two tenants are already committed to moving into this project, which has been designed by Bernardo, Willes Architects of Spokane," Storms said.
A Rent-a-Center and a Check into Cash store are expected to be anchors in the first building, which includes space for three additional businesses, Storms explained.
In addition, next door to that project, a second retail center of 11,200 sq. feet will be the future home of a QC Financial center and a new Subway restaurant, complete with a drive-thru window.
This project has space for six more businesses, of at least 1,400 sq ft. each, Storm said.
Not to be left out, the growing Picard Place will soon be the location of a new medical facility.
"We expect to see a foundation poured in the next few weeks at 3220 Picard Place, where a Seattle firm plans to build a new 7,788 sq. ft. building to house a dialysis clinic," Storms explained.
Meanwhile at 1800 Yakima Valley Highway in the Mid Valley Mall, a former auto supply store building will be torn down.
In its place a new Auto Zone supply store will be constructed to the tune of $350,000, Storms said.
"All of these projects want to get started as soon as possible and we'd like to see that as well," he said.