The City of Sumner has used a request for ideas for a mixed-use development on the former Red Apple market site in the city’s downtown.

The site — a 1.97-acre block owned by the City — has a long history of challenges toward its redevelopment. Nearly 10 years ago, Sumner planned for a public-private partnership for the site, only to encounter the discovery of contaminated soil from a former gas station underneath one of the land parcels. That, coupled with City staff parking requirements included in the block and the economic downturn of 2008, has left the site largely untouched since.

With the economy rebounding, though, Sumner wants to try for redevelopment once more. The City has worked with owner of the former station on a settlement agreement for cleanup, and it also moved all staff parking to a nearby site it recently purchased, fully freeing up the Red Apple block.

“The number one question I get asked is when are we going to do something about the Red Apple site,” said Mayor Dave Enslow.  “It’s a double win to not only remove a derelict property but also bring in residents and more amenities to support our historic downtown.”

Site cleanup is ongoing; the RFI is checking if developers are interested in concurrent development. Responses are due by June 26.