This particular block had been a
focus of redevelopment discussions
ever since the
City purchased the property in 2002.
City Councilor Arline LaMear,
along with Astoria City Library Director Jane Tucker,
suggested moving the Garden of Surging Waves concept
from its 9th Street site to the
more centrally located Legion Block
in the middle of downtown Astoria.
The new location would be more visible and
provide additional urban park space for community use.
The Astoria City Council and the
Garden's project committee
agreed that the move was a good solution.
The block was subsequently renamed
"Astoria Heritage Square"
The Garden of Surging Waves
occupies the northwest corner of Heritage Square —
the block bound by Duane, Exchange,
11th and 12th Streets,
adjacent to City Hall —
and preserves the design and footprint
that were planned for the original 9th Street location.
As funds are available,
other portions of the Heritage Square block
will be redeveloped for public use,
and include community gathering space
similar to Portland's Pioneer Square.
Concepts call for the block to feature an amphitheater
and creative, interpretive “windows” to Astoria's past.
The American Legion Building
currently situated on the site
would remain and be
integrated into the block's redevelopment.
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