Greetings from Port Townsend. We just received a four-plex identified as 1041 Oliphant Avenue in Victoria. See attached photo. In researching this structure, I've discovered a "news story." As a retired news director/researcher, I learned this property was being removed, with other structures, to make way for the Cook Street Village complex. I have TWO questions, that perhaps one of your readers can help me understand:
1. So my first question; is THIS an example of "gentrification" — heritage properties being eliminated — to make space for higher income potential properties?
Gentrification has decimated Seattle and Portland. No wonder "villages" are being established underneath freeways and bridges.
This is not the first structure to be moved from Victoria. Last fall, three houses were transported by Nickel Bros to Port Townsend. The cover story was, as with
1041 Oliphant Avenue, to provided low cost housing.
2. So my next question is, why are you allowing structures to be sold to Port Townsend, when there is a high probably that Victoria has a need for "low cost housing?"
Thank you for your attention. And if this message is "misfiled" please do a re-direct. I am first time on this board.
Robert in Port Townsend