Historic District Expansion Possible
In an interview with the Mason County Beat, Zoning Administrator Matt Wallingford pointed out some of the benefits of an expanded historic district:
"Designation is an honor, meaning the community believes the architecture, history, and character of the area are worthy of recognition and protection. Historic district zoning can help to improve property values by stabilizing and enhancing the neighborhood's character, and it benefits property owners by protecting them from inappropriate changes by other owners that might destroy the special qualities of the neighborhood...
"Historic districts encourage better design, educate residents about their neighborhoods and ensure the architectural integrity of the district. Business owners and residents of these areas also gain by participating in protecting their investment. Buyers of property know that the aspects that make a particular area attractive will be protected over a period of time. Real estate agents often use historic district status as a marketing tool to sell properties."
More about the proposed expansion can be found in this Mason County Beat article.