Improving historic downtown Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Ellensburg is continuing work to improve the historic downtown. Last December the city bought the Hubbell building for $1.2 million. It rented out most of the upstairs apartments and cleared the rest of the building.

Next week, a company that renovates historic buildings will recommend what Ellensburg should do with the building. Suggestions include making the apartments a hotel or office space.

"This building is absolutely critical for the restoration of historic Ellensburg," said CEO of the Kittitas Chamber of Commerce Jim Armstrong. "It's really the only building in our historic downtown that is presently not fixed up and occupied."

The retail shops downstairs will remain shops. Windows and air conditioning will be fixed.