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.”
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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.