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After putting the stops to the potential development of the 5th Street Campus downtown Wenatchee last year, Chelan County PUD commissioners voted unanimously to begin negotiations with YMCA and Music Theater of Wenatchee in what they're calling a “new path” to redevelop the utility's 7.5 acre property.

The new plan stemmed from a host of options considered by the commissioners who weighed the pros and cons of each option and measured how it met the overall project goals, which include the community vision for the site, timely redevelopment, the best value for PUD customer-owners, and resources required for success.

Representatives from the Port, Wenatchee Downtown Association, YMCA, MTW and a member of the public expressed support for options four and five. The YMCA wants to relocate its downtown facility to Fifth Street. MTW is interested in expanding Riverside Playhouse and securing parking.

The PUD began collaborating on a community-supported vision for redevelopment of the property about five years ago with the City of Wenatchee, the Chelan-Douglas Regional Port Authority, Wenatchee Downtown Association, the Greater Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce and a community advisory group. Staff will update commissioners on negotiations by late June. The PUD plans site preparation and demolition work in early 2024.

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