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Design and promotions committees formed by Sunnyside Main Street project organizers

Sue Jetter of the Downtown Improvement Group shared good news with the Sunnyside Arts Commission last night that two of the initial four committees for the Sunnyside Main Street project have been formed.

Jetter and her committee held a public meeting last week to garner interest in the Main Street revitalization project. “We have enough people to form two committees.”

She said the design and promotions committees are set to start work and have already set meeting times for the coming weeks.

When asked what the Sunnyside Arts Commission’s role in the downtown revitalization project might be, Jetter suggested that the commissioners could work with the Main Street promotions and design committees with such things as designations of historical landmarks, and visual and performing arts that would help to attract people downtown.

She further told the commission that currently the work on the recently proposed Neon Alley has been put on hold.

“The signs are in storage and haven’t been assessed as to the extent of possible repairs,” she said.

Potential Neon Alley center piece signs represent the old Amundsen Hardware Store, Lindstrand’s Jewelry and Bunch Bee’s Apiary. Currently, there is a need to get the signs in one location where they can be examined so that estimates can be made for repairs, Jetter said.

Sunnyside City Councilman Spencer Martin offered to check into the moving and storage of the signs.

Potentially the Safari sign may become available for the lighted feature as well, Jetter added.

She said that sometime in the future, the signs are expected to be on display near Centennial Square.

Jetter said creating Neon Alley works with what she hopes will one day be the city’s theme, “Sunnyside City of Lights.”

“The theme plays into the 354 days of sunshine in Sunnyside, and the nationally famous Lighted Farm Implement Parade,” she said.

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