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Yelm’s 2023 projects grow the town!

Yelm’s Historic Water Tower lit in red for the Tornados football team Nov. 4, 2022.
Credit: Nisqually Valley News

Yelm has several projects to grow more in 2023!

+ Nisqually Valley News: Looking Ahead to 2023: Yelm Continues Work on Dog Park, Several Businesses Submit Applications

Cody Colt, Yelm’s director of public works, said the dog park could be completed by late spring or early summer. 

The dog park is funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a Department of Commerce grant. Colt said that money for the project can’t be utilized until the end of the year, but once they can access the money, the city will begin incurring costs for the project.


Aside from the dog park, Colt said the City of Yelm has seen “quite a bit of applicants” for 2023 regarding new businesses. A majority of the applicants have been pre-subs, or formal written requests.  

Colt said the applicants have included several fast food restaurants, a department store, a retail pharmacy, a gas station, several coffee stands, and different strip malls. None of the business plans have been finalized, Colt said. 

“They’re all on track to go through, but that’s also all on them,” Colt said. “They’ll get feelers through pre-subs in different locations before ultimately deciding their final location.”

One business that is expected to come to Yelm is Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, which Colt said would be located off of state Route 507 near Five Corners. 

“It seems like Popeyes is going to be good to go,” Colt said. “Where they’re trying to go requires state approval so they’ll have the final say, but it seems like they’ll be good to go.”

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+ Nisqually Valley News: Committee Set to Tentatively Meet in December to Discuss YMCA Facility in Yelm

According to DePinto, the volunteer exploratory committee will look at funding options, as well as possible locations and services that would be offered. In his talks with [South Sound YMCA President Kyle] Cronk, DePinto said some of the other services at a YMCA in Yelm could include an urgent care center, a senior center, child care and after-school programs, though those would require other partners to get involved with the project.  

“I do want to stress this is all from my own discussions which do not represent the intentions or views of any other organizations. We are finalizing the committee and will likely have our first meeting in December,” DePinto said. 

A new possible YMCA isn’t the only thing DePinto has in mind for Yelm as the city continues to grow.  He stated the city had been planning and budgeting for new potential growth. 

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