Longview 150, arts district before preservation group

Resource surveys, Longview’s sesquicentennial celebration and the idea of a cultural arts district will be discussed at a busy Historic Preservation Commission meeting today.

The commission adopts criteria for and manages the designation of local historic landmarks and overlay districts in the city. It meets at 2 p.m. today at the Development Services Training Room, at 410 S. High St.

City staff will update commissioners also about the status of local properties with historic significance, along with the next joint historical marker workshop scheduled for July 14.

Community Services Director Laura Hill will introduce commissioners to the cultural arts district idea, which is being led by Carol Manley, Nancy Murray, Jon Cromer and Karen Maines to create a district that includes Maude Cobb Activity Complex, The Green, Longview Arboretum and downtown.

The sesquicentennial, also known as Longview 150, also is being led by Hill as the city works with local organizations to plan several celebratory activities in the winter and spring of 2020.

Today’s meeting is open to the public, with time allotted for comments from the public, according to the meeting agenda.