Ben Hittle shows the mezzanine feature in the commercial space of the Hittle Building Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at 22 N. Second St. in Yakima, Wash.

The temporary wall in front of the Hittle Building in downtown Yakima has been removed, giving passersby a look at the progress.

There’s still more work to be done, said Ben Hittle, who purchased the building at 22 N. Second St. with wife, Ann, earlier this year. The couple is seeking approvals from the city of Yakima’s planning division for the residential portion of the building as well as a new sprinkler system, which will require additional construction work.

That means the couple won’t be making their initial year-end completion goal for redevelopment. They’re now looking at February or March, Ben Hittle said.

“What attracted us to the building is the history and the 1915-era brick,” he said. “And that is also what causes us challenges.”

In the meanwhile, the Hittles are talking to potential tenants for the ground floor commercial space. There is no firm deal yet.

Ben Hittle said he was hoping for more progress, but the wait will be worth it.

“It’s going to look nice,” he said.

New Dairy Queen

The new Dairy Queen in Union Gap has been under construction for several months and is close to opening.

The eatery will open around or just after Dec. 16, said owner Ken Josan. He also is a franchise owner of Dairy Queen locations in Yakima and Wapato.

The restaurant will employ 40 workers. There are still openings. Those interested can apply at the restaurant, which is located at the southwest corner of Valley Mall Boulevard and Longfibre Road.

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