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Work begins on new Sunnyside retail center

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Early construction work recently started at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Factory Road. Earth is being moved to make way for a new retail center that will include a Subway restaurant and a financial center.

Ground is moving at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Factory Road, and when there is ground moving there is construction expected to shortly follow.

Mike Storms with the Sunnyside Building Division said the ground is being prepped for the construction of an 11,200 square foot strip mall. He said the building currently being constructed will face towards the intersection of Yakima Valley Highway and Factory Road, sitting closer to the highway that makes up the entrance to Sunnyside.

Steve Kynast with Panco, the Spokane company working on the project, said they are in the process of preparing to construct a "vanilla box."

He said the building will be leased out to different tenants and the size of the tenants who sign on will determine exactly how many spaces will be in the strip mall.

According to Kynast, Subway and QC Financial have already signed on to occupy space in the building once it is completed. He added that there are a couple of other businesses that are currently looking at leasing space.

Kynast said the two businesses that have already signed on are planning on setting up shop on either end of the building. He said there is still a 120 by 70 foot space in the center of the building that is available. He added the space can be divided up into smaller retail spaces.

According to Kynast, the building could be divided into as many as six separate retail spaces.

Kynast said they started moving equipment out onto the site last week and hope to have construction completed sometime in April.

Storms said plans for the construction project were turned into the city in early December. He added that there is a second application that has been turned into the city that deals with the land on the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Factory Road. He said the application calls for another building, similar to the one currently under construction, to be built in the area closer to the Dollar Tree.

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