Yakima Transit riders will soon be able to reach a new housing development and service center for local veterans thanks to a change in a Yakima Transit route. The change happens on Monday, June 14 when the city will revise Route 4 to serve Chuck Austin Place at 1703 Tahoma Avenue, a new housing development and service center for veterans. A press release from the city says "instead of turning on to Mead Avenue from 16th Avenue, Route 4 will continue down 16th Avenue and turn on Washington Avenue. Route 4 will then turn on to 12th Avenue before continuing on Mead Avenue."

The change will add one minute to Yakima Transit stop 9 on Route 4 at Mead Avenue and 3rd Avenue. All other stops on Route 4 will remain the same. Route 3 is unaffected by this change.

Chuck Austin Place is a project of the Yakima Housing Authority which will provide apartments, as well as medical, dental, behavioral and health services to local veterans who need help. Austin was a local retired Marine who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was a member of the Yakima VFW Post 379. He died in January of this year.
Work is underway right now the former armory turning it into 41 units of supportive housing for homeless veterans and their families. Money for the nearly $18 million project comes from local, federal and state resources.

Work in transforming the armory into Chuck Austin Place is expected to finish in July.

The planned change in the Yakima Transit route to reach the center happens on Monday, June 14. For more information check yakimatransit.org.

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