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The city’s heart

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Yes, there is a downtown East Wenatchee. It is overshadowed by the thriving commercial corridors nearby. It is small and more quiet than it deserves to be, but it is the start of a heart. East Wenatchee is much more than a dispersed suburb and a place to sleep. It is a thriving, growing city filled with commerce and industry, in a beautiful location, with a future extremely bright. Some attention to the accouterments of metropolitan life — such as an upgraded downtown and parks — will go a long way to improving its hometown feel.

There is progress. The city of East Wenatchee’s Planning Commission is collecting input for the Gateway Project, part of the revitalization of downtown. Attention now is focused by the fate of the old Texaco station at Ninth and Valley Mall Parkway. The city has earmarked $391,000 for its purchase. This could become a civic focal point — a plaza, a park, a place for entertainment and special events, a place to gather in the city center. Down the street the city recently showed its plans for renewing the downtown parking lot. Landscaping, lighting and a small plaza are in the offing, perhaps next summer.

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