August 18, 2010
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
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.