Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Winter & Company to make historic preservation improvements

The City of Tacoma wants to make sure that new development work and historic preservation interests are in synch. Tacoma Community & Economic Development Department has selected the nationally known firm Winter & Company to make it happen. “We’re interested in providing more clarity and certainty for developers and the preservation community,” said Reuben McKnight, Historic Preservation Officer. For the $100,000 project, Winter & Company will scour the City’s development and historic preservation policies for inconsistencies and make recommendation for relevant updates to the City’s comprehensive plan; update the historic building inventory, which now numbers approximately 2,000 properties; and create a more user-friendly database of those properties. The City Council committed funds to this project and a related review of the City’s archaeological resource protection policies to make development easier while protecting the integrity of the City's unique historic building stock.