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Grandview Council impressed with document detailing design standards

GRANDVIEW - Parking lot designs, street lighting and colors were just some of what the Grandview City Council looked at in a document detailing design standards at last night's council meeting.

"This is a living document," Sheri Brockway, an architect with Brockway, Opfer and Raab Architecture, P.L.L.C., told the mayor and council members. "It is a tool for the city to use. As the city uses it the document will be revised on a regular basis as needed to make it more useful for the community."

The document was created to help the city with its efforts to revitalize downtown Grandview.

The standards cover items such as increased lighting levels in the downtown area to the proper pot size for outdoor plants.

Councilman Mike Bren brought up trees to Brockway, especially the sidewalk trees in Sunnyside.

Bren noted the trees cover up almost all the businesses' signs.

Brockway told council if the plan to revitalize downtown Grandview goes through then the size and placement of the trees will be carefully studied so the trees enhance the area, not distract from the businesses.

"It can be a serious problem," she added.

Councilman Jesse Palacios said he liked the idea of the document being a living one and commented on the success of Yakima's effort to revitalize the downtown area.

Palacios recognized there was some hesitation from city residents to go ahead with the project but added some people will be unhappy with whichever direction the city decides to go.

"I do know this, though," he added. "If you don't throw your line in the water you won't catch anything."

Grandview Mayor Norm Childress said he thinks the downtown effort will attract people from I-82 to Grandview.

"The more attractive, the more inviting we are, word gets back to people," he said. "As far as economic development, these are some of the things we need to do to get out of the current financial crisis. Hopefully we can make this project a go."

The council decided to wait until the next council meeting, Monday, Aug. 18, before officially adopting the new design standards.

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