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Plans are to rebuild Safari

Earlier this week, crews began working to fill the hole where the Safari Restaurant once stood tall.

Spring 2011, the downtown Sunnyside restaurant burned to the ground, leaving the land less than barren, but also with a gaping hole in the ground as the Safari featured a full basement.

Sunnyside City Planner Jamey Ayling says Rigoberto Carrasco has submitted a building permit application to rebuild the property into a restaurant and a one-chair barber shop.

The plans reflect a 5,748 square-foot building that is estimated to cost nearly $630,000.

The Carrasco family submitted a building permit application to the city, which has since been returned to them. Ayling says city officials are asking for clarification on some of the building plans, and once the concerns are addressed the permit will be issued and construction will begin.

Western Building Design is creating the building plans, and Ayling says if all goes smoothly, the construction at the site could be completed in about three months.

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