Port Townsend: “New” building rises from the past

PORT TOWNSEND — It was originally the YMCA building. Then it was a hotel, an auto parts store and twice an antiques store.

But Heron’s Nest at the Fountain, a retail and apartment building going in next to Haller Fountain on Washington Street, isn’t carrying much of its past into the future.

“We keep tearing things more things out, ” said Vern Garrison, contractor for the project.

According to property owner Bill Wolcott, Heron’s Nest will have retail space on the ground floor and 11 loft apartments on the second.

“I think of the downtown neighborhood as another neighborhood of the city, ” Wolcott said. “It’s the civic, cultural and entertainment neighborhood. In order to be a good neighborhood, it needs places for people to live.”

Ten of the apartments will be studios, each with a full kitchen and bathroom and an upstairs loft. An additional apartment with one bedroom will meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The building will have an elevator, Wolcott said.


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