It’s happening on Wenatchee’s waterfront. The parks, the trails, and now the Pybus Public Market have injected a new sense of vitality like nothing we’ve seen since before the great recession. A new, large apartment development is under construction. A hotel development is said to be pending for the city property south of Riverwalk Crossing. The city’s dream-filled waterfront development plan adopted so many years ago in such a hopeful age is still far from being realized, but the idea that sparked it is still alive — that Wenatchee’s Columbia waterfront is a great community asset.
There was news recently of tangible evidence. The city of Wenatchee received the first of many monthly value-added sales tax rebates for the waterfront district — $46,700. The rebate was authorized by the Legislature, based on increased revenue and property value on the waterfront. If all goes well, the rebate could amount to $8 million over 25 years.
That there is more to come should cheer Wenatchee’s taxpayers. There is much to look forward to, and the great river flows on.
This is the opinion of The Wenatchee World and its Editorial Board: Publisher Rufus Woods, Editor Cal FitzSimmons and Editorial Page Editor Tracy Warner.