Everett assembling plan for preserving historic properties

EVERETT — City leaders want to know what you think about preserving downtown.

They’re putting together a preservation plan that identifies historic properties and guides how the city might potentially support or even market older downtown buildings.

The Everett Historical Commission plans an open house so the public can learn more and weigh in at 5:30 p.m. today at the Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave. Information about the project is available for people to peruse during the first hour. At 6:30 p.m., the commission plans a public workshop at its regular meeting.

The preservation plan is rooted in the city’s efforts to revitalize downtown — a move that officials hope could set the stage for more shops, events and restaurants that could attract visitors and people who live in Everett, too.

The plan will likely include voluntary incentives for downtown building owners, said Dave Koenig, Everett’s planning and community development manager. The plan might call for a program to help property owners learn about tax breaks or help them get their buildings onto historical registries.

It could help owners get buildings on a historic registry or enhance those buildings with public art, walking tours or signs. The plan might also call for more promotion of downtown.

“A lot of cities are trying to create a walkable, interesting downtown,” Koenig said. “We already have that.”

For more information, contact the Everett Planning Department at 425-257-7164 or jmetson@ci.everett.wa.us.

Debra Smith: 425-339-3197, dsmith@heraldnet.com.

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