Everett council to consider two new historic zones

EVERETT — To preserve one of the city’s first neighborhoods, council members today will take a first look at whether to establish a new historic zone and set building height limits under 40 feet in two sections of Everett.

The council meets today at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers, 3002 Wetmore Ave.

The historic overlay zone is being considered for the Norton-Grand district on Norton and Grand avenues between Pacific Avenue and 35th Street. The changes would mean new rules for owners planning modifications to their properties.

Everett Historical Commission members have referred to the neighborhood as being established more than 90 years ago and containing many of the city’s earliest homes.

"Initially, it was a neighborhood of mill houses and simple bungalows built from lumber available from Everett mills," according to language in the proposed ordinance that would designate the site as historic. "The homes in Port Gardner became more architecturally elaborate as people with higher incomes moved into the area. The area is thus a setting for a variety of transitional architectural styles that have retained much of their original character."

The historical commission is also recommending the city redesignate as a historic overlay zone the Rucker-Grand district, from 10th to 24th streets.

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