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Sunnyside seeks $220,000 grant for East Lincoln Avenue upgrades

The city of Sunnyside is applying for a grant/loan package valued at nearly $220,000 to improve a portion of East Lincoln Avenue.

Last night, Monday, the city council approved the application that will seek a SIED financial package from funds administered by the Yakima County Development Association.

The funds would improve a portion of East Lincoln in front of Melange and the new Columbia River Bank building. The project would include widening the roadway for a turn lane, curb, gutter, sidewalk and a new interior road to be called Van de Graaf Way.

Public Works Director Jim Bridges said there is a plan for more business lots to eventually be developed on the 22-acre site, near the corner of East Lincoln Avenue and Yakima Valley Highway.

The project's estimated cost is $277,980. The SIED funds would include a $109,992 grant and a $109,992 loan to be paid back by developer K2R Properties.

That would leave nearly $60,000 still to cover the project and most of that would come from K2R Properties and Columbia River Bank. Sunnyside's portion of the project cost is $5,000 for in-kind planning services.

Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler said Sunnyside should receive a response on the grant/loan application sometime during the first week of April.

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