HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam city council adopted the ordinance on Monday, creating their Downtown Historic District, a district that’s historic in it’s own way. Mayor Jack Durney explains “in the sense that it’s been a three year process, it’s important that we preserver our heritage, and those buildings. And then, we’re the first one’s in Grays Harbor County to have a Historic District.”
The new district snakes through downtown Hoquiam and includes about 45 buildings, Durney adds “When you look at the map, it’s kind of an odd shape. There isn’t a lot of old downtown left in Hoquiam. People will remember in the ’60s we had an urban renewal project. A lot of buildings were torn down. As a result there’s a section of Hoquiam that has newer office buildings, medical clinics and so on – a new motel, that wasn’t there before.”
The district will help with building restoration by bridging the gap between today’s strict building codes, and well, back when they thought sandstone was structural.