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Downtown revitalization thoughts

Downtownrevitalization thoughts

As a long time property and lot owner in downtown Sunnyside’s designated core area, the revitalization development appears very interesting. It will take funding to provide signage that could lead to this becoming a tourist and visitor attraction, and there will be other expenses that grants could assist with.

Mr. Richard Gaines, a Sunnyside educational historian, has repeatedly claimed my location at 525 S. Sixth St. was where the first school in Sunnyside was sited. Recently I reviewed my common wall legal agreement with the unoccupied building to the north. W.H. Cline was a signer, who according to the book “Courage and Water” written by Roscoe Sheller, was the first store proprietor in Sunnyside. So it’s possible the first school was located next to the first store in our town.

One concern I have with the revitalization development is the possible change from angle to parallel parking. If the proposed changes are for the purpose of attracting more people to the downtown area, why cut parking space? Another question is why put in wider sidewalks when there are no complaints now with the present width, unless we’re just looking for a way to spend more money?

I most sincerely applaud the local city council and staff for their consideration regarding these improvements to our city.

/s/ Dr. J.R. Hale, Sunnyside

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