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Puyallup receives $10,000 historic preservation grant

For the busy planning department at the city of Puyallup, a $10,000 grant from the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) will help the city beef up its historical preservation plan and ultimately better preserve local historic properties.

After being encouraged to apply for the grant by DAHP, city officials got to work filling out the grant application in April. By May, the city found out it was awarded the grant.

Using that $10,000, the city has contracted Tacoma-based Artifacts Consulting to help create a historic preservation plan for Puyallup, said Katie Baker, senior planner for the city.

As a Certified Local Government, a federal program designed to promote historic preservation at the local level, the city of Puyallup is able to have local control over historical preservation, a vital part of keeping Puyallup’s history alive.

Part of creating the preservation plan for Puyallup is ultimately to create goals and policies to better maintain local control over historic properties.

“It’s recognizing the work we’ve done so far,” said Kendall Wals, associate planner. “The preservation plan will create goals and policies, and have an action plan. We want to identify historic properties to outreach to, and create an action plan.”

With eight properties on the local historic register, Baker says the city hasn’t been as proactive as it would like when it comes to outreach to more historic properties to add to the register, and city officials want to build that up with the help of the grant from DAHP.

“Our goal is to make a better list of historic properties and encourage historic property owners to apply,” Baker said. “We want to start using all the information we have.”

As part of creating the historic preservation plan, Wals and Baker hope to partner with stakeholders in the community and begin plans to increase historic preservation.

“Historic preservation is what defines the community,” Baker said. “It’s a valued asset to the community that we haven’t done a lot with yet. This will help identify buildings that are valuable to the community.”

Puyallup will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 to hear from the community, with the goal to understand what’s currently working, what can be done better, and what the city should focus on when it comes to historic preservation.

“We want to make sure we can retain what’s important to the community,” Wals said.

“This will help us move forward and continue to build our program,” echoed Baker.

Heather DeRosa: 253-256-7043, @herald_hderosa