YAKIMA -- Mercy Development Co. LLC wants to demolish and rebuild the Uptown Plaza in downtown Yakima.
The Mercy family-owned company plans to demolish the 15,468-square-foot building at 202 E. Chestnut St. and rebuild with a similarly-sized building in its place, according to an environmental review application submitted to the city of Yakima's planning division.
The application was filed by F&M Construction Co. on behalf of Mercy Development Co., the property owner.
The Uptown Plaza is one of several Yakima Valley theaters owned and operated by Yakima Theatres Inc., another Mercy family company.
When reached by phone this afternoon, owner and president Kathi Mercy declined to divulge further details on the project.
"Until we know what the city will do this project, we're not going to say anything," she said.
Based on an initial review of the application, the city's planning division expects to give the project the go-ahead with some necessary environmental mitigations, acting planning manager Bruce Benson wrote in a notice of application Friday.
Comments on the project's environmental impact are being accepted through Oct. 6. Comments can be mailed to: Bruce Benson; Acting Planning Manager; City of Yakima; Department of Community & Economic Development; 129 N. Second St.; Yakima, Wash. 98901. All comments should include the applicant's name, F&M Construction, or the application reference number, SEPA 033-11.