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09/11/2012 04 4th Street Discussion n. A rb il I f +4� BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. For Meeting of: September 11, 2012 ITEM TITLE: Discussion regarding 4th Street SUBMITTED BY: CONTACT PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL: " City Manager STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download O Plaza background L ..,. , • • atm si „,..,_ , _ 110 ' 4 0; 1.1 14. - ' 44 ' Chinook Tower w % • ____ D � LIJ�.LJ�7 + • 1 • " i ing2a3 . I. ` k 41 • • tiro 0 1 • f it. "Pi A ....,-- . 0 - -'` s , - • oit Capitol 702602 ici- • Ills 1' co r + r iiii 0 s , Residential • 1 Federal - Courthouse . tecijor /i4 l ip., ••p i , i' Yakima Ot S '., .,i:- Transit ' .1%, 102=f7 4 .- A ,.,.., . . 1 inch = 40 feet Potential 4th Street Plaza City of Yakima, Planning Division 129 N 2nd St, Yakima, WA 98901 I e Post Office Box 102 • 98907 Administration (509) 853 -80011 • Ql 19 South 3` Street • 98901 FAX (509) 575 -6251 1 Yakima, WA Box Office (509) 853 -ARTS or Toll Free (877) 330 -ARTS www.capitoltheatre.org steve @capitoltheatre.org Backstage (509) 853 -TECH To: City Manager From: Steve Caffery Date: August 29, 2012 Subject: Plaza Background The concept of a plaza completing the Capitol Theatre Campus has always been fundamental to the CTC's goal of engaging our community by using the arts as the tool to create a defined community center for Yakima. Specifically, recognizing that half of our population has roots in Mexico, the majority coming from the state of Michoacan with its own distinctive heritage and that the CTC has not been successful attracting this community to the Theatre (although we have had some success with outdoor performances and festivals.) The social center for any town in Mexico is their central square or plaza where every night, the community gathers. Some are open squares surrounded by buildings, restaurants, government offices, etc. Some look like they are right out of New England complete with a traditional bandstand that Souza would feel at home performing. Central plaza's are called Zocalo's and are surrounded by government buildings. (Perhaps the most famous is the central Zocalo in Mexico City. In Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, there are two: One is the style of New England bordered by government buildings, restaurants and hotels; the other is a simple open square in front of a cathedral — where I once saw dancing horses perform in front of a full orchestra.) To expand community engagement in the Capitol Theatre, we developed a strategy to create an environment and downtown destination that would be universally appealing including inviting Hispanic participation by first honoring heritage. Thus a plaza or Zocalo designed in the Colonial /Mediterranean influence of Morelia. This is a concept we commissioned as an example of what 4t Street could look like and accommodate. - • -..� - -, rte ✓ • i _ ;u u � � ,,f �Hu t I. ��. If r - �, 4 i f - f -- t ii `,. ,A L e • 1 Ah1AtA MI RTL STRIE1 PI -A /-A This concept is designed as an extension of the 4 Street Theatre and its patio. It includes open water features, space and support for outdoor performances and festivals (conduits for power were laid when we paved the alley), shade and sitting so parents can watch their children run through the water. The idea was to put retractable bollards at both ends so it could allow for traffic and access by the Courthouse and Capitol Theatre. The cost estimate was $3m but that was 5 -years ago.