Downtown Helliesen Property – Yakima
An established family lumber and hardware company will move to a West Yakima facility later on this month after more than a century downtown. Helliesen Lumber and Supply Corp will close its doors from July twenty-five to twenty-seven although it completes the move to the new location. It’ll reopen July twenty-eight at the new location at 3501 W Washington Ave. Henry M Helliesen set up the business at 102 W Martin Luther King Jnr Blvd.
The move will be an adjustment, but is mandatory for the organization’s future, Adams expounded. Helliesen raised issues in 2006 about the suggested twin railroad underpasses at Lincoln Avenue and Martin Luther King Jnr Boulevard, just a block from this location. With an approximately two-year construction process, corporate officers anticipated worsening access to its business that would cause a decline in shoppers and money.
With the project still on track, the company didn’t need to take the likely risks of staying downtown. “It’s either move or be put out of businesses,” Adams asserted. At almost four acres, there’s more space for offices, display space and parking, Adams asserted. The business can also better accommodate the quick home expansion in West Valley. Helliesen bought the 3.75 acre site for $1.8 million from Seattle-based Benaroya Corp in October.
In the in the meantime, Del Matthews, of Matthews Investments, who owns many properties thru Yakima, is working to find renters for the downtown Helliesen property, which he bought for $400,000 in March. Matthews announced he’s received interest from potential renters, but have not signed any leases. “There’s a large amount of different uses it might be,” he revealed. “But so far no-one has stepped up to the plate.
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