For years, downtown Yakima has seen it's personality change; with a lot businesses coming and going, more leaving than staying.
Now the city is a few steps closer to a plan it hopes will turn the trend around.
"For so often and for so many years, we've sat here and kind of just done nothing," said business owner Joe Mann, "They are taking the initiative and moving forward."
The city council met this morning to discuss the downtown master plan it's been piecing together since April.
City council members were asked to vote on several changes in the plan; including narrowing down Yakima Avenue from two lanes in each direction, to one lane in each direction.
The biggest change in the plan would be to expand Millenium Plaza across the parking lot next to it, and moving those parking spaces further out of the central downtown area.
Planners say it will not only help improve the downtown area's image, but also help attract more people to events at the plaza, meaning more customers for local businesses.
"If we really want to transport Yakima back to it's glory days as far as downtown, we need to do things differently, we need to take some risks," said City Manager Tony O'Rourke.
There are those who say the plan will affect elderly people, who make up a large amount of the business customers in the area.
If the plaza is expanded, and the parking spaces moved, that means longer walking distances and less of those people coming through the area.
"If I'm old, I'm handicapped or anything else, why would I want to come down here, go into a place and be huffing and puffing, and then have to make the same trek back when I leave?" asked downtown employee Gabbie Schweers.
However, business owners maintain risks will have to be taken in order to save the downtown area, and adjustments will be made along the way.
"A lot of times, our parking lots are half empty, not even half empty," said Mann, "At night, there's nobody parking there. I think there's other places we can look that can utilize that parking."
The Yakima City Council will meet next month to hopefully finalize some decisions and begin work on the downtown area.