Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Two downtown Astoria storefront renovations received revitalization awards at the recent Oregon Main Street conference in Oregon City.
Vintage Hardware, which relocated a year ago to 1162 Marine Drive, won the award for Best Facade Under $7,500. Co-owner Becky Johnson improved the facade with a new paint scheme, art deco signage and refurbished windows. The work done on this building encouraged the owners of a building down the block to apply for and receive the Main Street building revitalization grant to complete the block.
Astoria Station, which houses Reach Break Brewing, Reveille Ciderworks and Astoria Barber, won the award for Outstanding Adaptive Reuse. The former auto service station, recently an indoor garden supply store, was transformed by the late Warren Williams into a mixed-use storefront with food carts in front.
Also honored for his volunteerism was Ray Merritt. Sarah Lu Heath, executive director of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, said Merritt regularly helps with hanging downtown banners and holiday decorations, tending planters, installing sidewalk tiles and leading downtown cleanups.
Oregon Main Street, run through the State Historic Preservation Office, works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character and heritage. In 2013, Astoria was named the newest Performing Downtown, a designation for communities with advanced downtown programs.