YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima City Council is considering another use for part of the old Boise Cascade Mill site.
A regional soccer complex.
The council will vote on a resolution Tuesday to begin the process of getting the land.
This is the first time the council has discussed this project, and it's only in it's beginning stages.
At the council meeting, members will vote on a resolution to start the process of getting the 52 acres of land at the site, south of the railroad tracks.
The first portion, which is 17 acres will come from a state parks grant. Then the other 35 can be picked up at deep discounts from the current owners at a cost of 10 to 20 thousand dollars.
Interim City Manager, Michael Morales says the soccer complex project would bring a lot of economic stimulus to our area.
"It takes a good piece of property and makes it better, and gets it into a productive reuse that then we can market for additional retailers to come to the area," said Morales.
He says construction for the project could range between $2-$5 million, but again would primarily be paid for through grants not by taxpayers.
And after construction, the city would turn over operations to a non-profit organization that would run things.
Morales says the project is the best choice for the land since Yakima already attracts soccer tournaments year-round.