Hoquiam Adopts first Downtown Historic District in Grays Harbor

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.”

Hoquiam Downtown Historic District
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.

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  • Hoquiam one step closer to Downtown Historic District

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    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam city council last night adopted the report for their historic district, the new district will snake through downtown Hoquiam and includes about 45 buildings, some already on the Local Registrar of Historic Places. The district would also exempt historic buildings from some flood plain requirements when undergoing historical restoration. Mayor Jack Durney said this morning that city staff will return with an official ordinance for adoption in September.

    Correction: Hoquiam council last night adopted the report, an ordinance will be returned for adoption sometime in September.

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