The following is reprinted from a Feb. 18 article written and published by The Wenatchee World:
Pybus Executive Director Steve Robinson said construction costs are estimated at about $380,000, but the project hasn’t yet gone out to bid. “The goal is to put it out to bid soon — I would say late winter, early spring — and build it once the weather improves this summer,” Robinson said.
The city of Wenatchee is putting $240,000 in state Local Revitalization Financing toward the plaza. The Pybus Market Charitable Foundation will put up the rest and is responsible for constructing and maintaining the plaza.
The city will maintain the underground utilities. The city and South of Pybus LLC will provide a pedestrian easement between Worthen Street and the park.
Robinson said he’s heard many complaints about the potholes, rocks and mud in that area, and the plaza will resolve that. It’ll also be an access point for the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.
“We see a lot of people who park at Pybus on the south end and don’t come in Pybus; they just drop down the steps and onto the Loop Trail,” Robinson said.
The area could also be closed off for outdoor events, he said. Architect Brad Brisbine with MJ Neal Associates designed the plaza.
“We are very excited to get this project commenced and completed this summer because we think it further adds to the development of the waterfront,” Robinson said. “We know from other communities around the Northwest that a thoughtfully developed waterfront results in really good things for the community. It will improve the visitor experience to both Pybus Market and the waterfront, and we think that’s super important for the benefit of the whole community.”
Steve King, the city’s economic development director, said the goal in extending Orondo Avenue for the plaza is to connect downtown to the waterfront. “When we started the public market, we always thought the Orondo Street area needed to be a plaza, a pedestrian-friendly place,” he said. “You see it pretty often around a public facility. This’ll just clean up that end of the market.”