Department of Ecology News Release - June 2, 2015
YAKIMA – After 20 years in its downtown Yakima location, the Washington Department of Ecology’s Central Region Office is preparing to move to 1250 W. Alder St. in Union Gap.
The actual move will occur June 19, with doors opening at the new facility at the corner of Longfibre and Ahtanum roads June 22. Post cards denoting the address change for the new office have been sent to the region’s clients and permit holders.
The new regional office will house some 130 employees representing 10 environmental programs whose job is to help protect and preserve land, air and water in seven central Washington counties.
While the office will remain open for business on June 19 at 15 W. Yakima Ave., the public is encouraged to take the move into consideration if they have business needs with Ecology.
Members of Ecology’s water resources program will continue drought response efforts and are committed and prepared to work on emergency water permits, leases and transfers.
“Ecology has appreciated being in the downtown Yakima core for 20 years and being a part of the effort to restore and repurpose the old fruit warehouse originally built in 1906,” said regional director Tom Tebb. “The move to Union Gap has come after a long evaluation of our current needs and we’re excited to remain in the greater Yakima area and look forward to providing the same excellent customer serve to our region from our new facilities.”
Ecology signed a 10-year lease with Nelson Realty for the new facility in Union Gap. It features 21st century efficiencies and “green building” attributes, furthering how the agency can “walk our talk.” Features include drought tolerant indigenous plantings and energy efficiencies. The building footprint is 3,000 square feet smaller than the current office space.
An important aspect is a separate building to house spill response vehicles and equipment to improve the ability to respond quickly to environmental emergencies.
Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral
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