Lowe’s is still trying to make its proposed new store in Yakima work.
The Mooresville, N.C., hardware store chain plans to submit a revised site plan to the city of Yakima after concerns were raised by neighboring Union Gap, said Jay Sentz of Printing Press Properties, which owns the proposed site.
The revision would have the proposed 111,415-square-foot store facing Longfibre Road instead of Valley Mall Boulevard.
By doing so, none of the access points to the store would be off Valley Mall Boulevard. Union Gap had voiced concern about Lowe’s plan to include an access point on Valley Mall Boulevard, which the city said is not allowed.
This point of contention had prompted Union Gap to unsuccessfully appeal the environmental approval granted by the city of Yakima. It also had a Seattle attorney send a letter to the property owner saying allowing access to Valley Mall Boulevard would violate an agreement signed during the development of Valley Mall Boulevard.
Despite those challenges, Lowe’s continued to meet with Union Gap to resolve the issue, which ultimately led to the revised site plan.
“They want to move on with their project and they’re willing to close (purchase of) the property,” Sentz said.
David Spurlock, Union Gap’s community and economic development director, said he has seen a draft of the revised site plan and said it was “perfectly acceptable.”
However, he did not want to comment further until the site plan has been officially submitted to the city of Yakima.
The site plan change, however, would require Printing Press Properties to go through various land use processes with the city of Yakima.
Printing Press Properties has applied for a short plat amendment, that is, revising the layout of the parcels it owns. Flipping the store to face Longfibre Road has the store going across a property line between two parcels, which is not allowed.
In addition, the city of Yakima’s planning department will need to amend environmental approval granted for the project and perform another review of the project with the new site plan.
But Sentz is optimistic that additional requirements will be completed with ease and is ready for Lowe’s to break ground.
He would like to pursue other tenants for the rest of Printing Press’ property, but he won’t do that until Lowe’s is ready to start building.
“I’m anxious to get Lowe’s to get going,” he said. “It would be good for the community and would attract more tenants.”