The work will eliminate much of the dirt, mud and potholes that have plagued the area since Pybus Market opened in May, 2013 and replace it with European style pavers, new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, a water fountain and future art sculpture. The end result will be the creation of a gorgeous public square or community thoroughfare that provides easy pedestrian access to the Apple Capital Loop Trail and Pybus Market. The 12 parking stalls – including 4 handicapped stalls – will be retained, although the Plaza area will sometimes be closed to car traffic when the space is used temporarily for outside community events, such as a fun run/walk or farmers market.
The improved Plaza area will be bordered on the east at the steps down to River Drive and the Loop Trail, and to the west at the entrance to Pybus Market at Orondo and Worthen. The large, privately owned, gravel lot south of the Plaza area will have to wait for another day for development.
Funding sources for the Pybus Plaza are:
53% — Pybus Market Charitable Foundation (PMCF), a 501c(3) non-profit
47% — City of Wenatchee, local revitalization financing (LRF), a rebate to the City of state sales tax which is generated from local development and is used to fund public infrastructure along the waterfront. The City was awarded LRF funding in 2009, which has been an instrumental funding source in supporting the redevelopment of the waterfront.
“The Pybus Plaza Project signals the commitment by Pybus Market Charitable Foundation, the City of Wenatchee and the many “Friends of Pybus” to the continued improvement to our facilities and grounds so as to provide a world class visitor experience to this amazing community asset,” said Daryn Klinginsmith, chairperson of the PMCF Building committee and PMCF board of director.
The general contractor is Whitebird Construction. Architect is Brad Brisbine of MJ Neal Associates.
Construction began on May 28 and will be completed by mid-July.
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in north central Washington, now and for generations to come, by engaging in charitable activities at Pybus Market that build community, support other non-profits and are educational in nature. “The Pybus Plaza will afford yet another space on the Pybus Market campus “where community meets” for the common good,” said Craig Homchick, president of Pybus Market Charitable Foundation board of directors.
Community support of the Pybus Plaza Project is welcome. Cash donations may be made in the boxes adjacent to this display or in the business office of Pybus Market. If made by check, please make payable to “Pybus Market Charitable Foundation.” Donations are tax deductable as allowed by the IRS.