Ellensburg receives three downtown revitalization awards

SEATTLE -- Ellensburg is being recognized for the continuing revitalization of its historic downtown.

The city was honored with three Excellence on Main Awards Wednesday at the RevitalizeWA conference in Wenatchee. The awards are organized by the Washington State Main Street Program.

The Geddis Building received the Community Partnership Award. The city purchased the vacant building in 2012 after negotiations with multiple local organizations. Volunteers have worked to clean and restore it ever since. Main Street Program representatives said the project showed the power of collaborative efforts.

Royal Sports, a sports apparel store in downtown Ellensburg, won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The store was recognized for bringing new shoppers, especially Central Washington University students, to Downtown.

Ellensburg also won the Visual Impact Award for its Street Furniture Project. The Ellensburg Downtown Association and local business J. Dub's Metalworks collaborated to beautify Downtown with newly designed benches, planters and trash cans.

Eleven Excellence on Main Awards were handed out Wednesday. Ellensburg received the most. Gig Harbor and Port Townsend each received two, while Camas, Langley, Walla Walla and Wenatchee received one.

The Washington Main Street Program, managed by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, encourages cities to strengthen their downtown areas through economic restructuring, design, organization and promotion.