When Ryan Stonemetz of Zillah acquired the old Granger Sheep Sheds and announced he would build the Spartan Sports Complex, it must have sounded like a crazy idea to some.

Stonemetz is a young man with a lot of positivity. He coaches wrestling at Highland High School because he loves wrestling and coaching. Never a wrestling power, Highland now has some kids who can compete with the boys at Granger and Zillah.

The Spartan Sports Complex seems like a dream too big for a community of 4,000 inhabitants. But Stonemetz sees the entire Valley as his market. He knows it will take a lot promotion, and he plans to do plenty of it.

Ask Randy and Sharon Duford if this is possible. They built a 9-hole executive golf course at the base of Cherry Hill and eventually developed the Cherry Hill Family Fun Center, which has a steady flow of customers from all over the Valley.

They built it, and people came.

The City of Granger has built 38 dinosaurs and people still come.

The City Council will probably decide on August 14 to give Stonemetz a conditional use permit, or not, to develop his complex in an area zoned R-1 residential. Council should say yes. If this young man’s dream succeeds, it could change Granger’s economy in a big way.

There really is no downtown business district in the community — I-82 killed it — but a new one could develop from the Spartan Sports Complex to the area of Granger Conoco and Granger Travel Plaza.

Council should just say, “Do it.” If a Zillah man is willing to invest in Granger what it will take to build this complex, that is a good omen.

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