August 18, 2010
The ultimate success or failure of the planned Pybus Public Market will be determined by the level of community support and involvement in the project. That was the message conveyed at an informational meeting hosted last night by the City of Wenatchee. Steve Hair was there and he filed a report…CLICK ARROW ABOVE FOR AUDIO
The City’s Planning Director, Steve King facilitated the meeting which was organized for the purpose of engaging members of the community in the market planning effort. The property located along the riverside at the foot of Orondo Street sits idle now as the three main property owners, the City, Chelan County Port District, and a group of Bellingham commercial developers, hash out a development agreement for the Market. And, while the project is a going concern its anything but a done deal and King says the devil’s in the details and that’s where the Community will play a major part . .
The meeting was held at the North Central Regional Library, Right across the street from the parking lot where the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market currently resides. Market Manager Gayla Toften, owner of Gayla’s Bakery, sees the Pybus Market as a manna from heaven . .
Also attending the meeting, longtime Downtown Wenatchee businessman Dave Gellatly who is a strong supporter of the Pybus Project and who will also join in the planning effort . .
The City is hoping to complete its analysis by December at which time the City Council can make its final decision on the fate of the Pybus market. If everything pencils out, Steve King said site development could occur next year.