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Amphitheatre expansion up for discussion

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EPHRATA — A proposed expansion of The Gorge Amphitheatre near George will be the topic of a public hearing here next week at the Grant County courthouse.

The county’s planning commission will begin the hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the commissioners hearing room.

Discussion will cover a petition for expansion by Live Nation to add more than 1,000 camping and RV sites, a restaurant and cafe, cabins, an outdoor cinema, grocery and more stage space.

The proposal follows a recent determination by the state Department of Health that the amphitheatre’s sewer system is antiquated and too small.

Amphitheatre neighbors are also concerned that sewer leakage could be seeping into nearby water supplies and the Columbia River, a health department news release said.

Discussion may also address concerns that any amphitheatre expansion could compromise delivery of fire and emergency medical services by the Quincy Fire District and Quincy Hospital, the release said.

Copies of Live Nation’s proposal are available from Tyler Lawrence at the Grant County Planning Department. Call him at (509) 754-2011, ext. 636, or email him at


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