Community development -- Oregon -- St. Helens, City planning -- Oregon -- St. Helens
Throughout the northwest, portside communities are capitalizing on their rich cultural heritage by concentrating investment in their historic districts and waterfronts. From Astoria to Port Townsend, historic communities are benefiting from renewed economic vitality based on heritage tourism and the increased numbers of new businesses drawn to the district. As a former center of industry and manufacturing, Olde Towne St Helens boasts a rich heritage in its collection of buildings along the Strand and First Street. These structures offer a glimpse into the working-class, industrial past of the town and the era of shipbuilding and raw goods manufacturing that shaped the community's growth from the beginning. Formworks Planning Group is working with the community of St Helens to identify character-defining features of the district and discover ways in which design guidelines can help to achieve their long-term community vision. Design guidelines are a needed and desired aspect of preparing for and directing redevelopment and new grown within the area. Guidelines often lead to quality repurposing of historic structures, and new buildings that honor the traditional design of an area. This translates into more complete districts, able to serve an increased tourism and neighborhood base. Through community outreach events such as open houses and collaborative workshops, Formworks Planning, the City of St Helens, and the St Helens community will work together to establish design guidelines that best meet the needs of the Old Towne Historic District. This project was conducted under the supervision of Ellen Bassett and Sumner Sharpe.
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Carney, Sadie; Francis, Caitlin; Meisel, Drew; and Sanders, Victor, "Olde Towne St Helens Historic Design Guidelines" (2011). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. 46.