Meetings will address historical district formation in Aberdeen

Public events on July 10 and 11 will highlight Aberdeen’s plan to revive its future by preserving and delineating historical districts and buildings, Community Development Director Lisa Scott said Wednesday.

A public tour of some downtown areas proposed to be classified as historic is set for July 10 at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall. Coffee and light fare will be served before the tour, weather permitting, guided by two consultants who are in a joint venture with the city to help complete a historic preservation plan.

The Electric Building on Heron and Broadway, which is celebrating its centennial, will likely be part of the tour since owners Kevin Moore and Michelle Beerbower are keen to continue on the path of state and federal historic designation for their building, Scott said.

Consultants Teresa L. Brum and Philip Thomason, gave a powerful argument for the benefits of preservation at the first public meeting on the Historic Preservation Plan on May 15. They said they were impressed with Aberdeen’s residential areas up the hill on Broadway where they found 40 continuous blocks of what they deemed quality homes that would qualify for historical district status.

The second meeting of three will allow the public to comment on the residential part of the proposal and will be held at Aberdeen’s Museum of History at 111 East 3rd Street at 6:30 p.m. on July 11.

In a related development, three members of the Aberdeen Historic Preservation Commission were reconfirmed by City Council Wednesday evening. They are Jim Wynans, Sally McCarthy, and Dann Sears, who is Director and Curator of the museum.

The public is invited to comment ahead of time at Brum’s email., or on Thomason’s website,

The plan is being funded with a total of $20,000 in federal, state and city dollars.