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Southeast view of proposed Providence Academy site redevelopment
Southeast view of proposed Providence Academy site redevelopment
Renderings of Academy Site Redevelopment Unveiled and Community Feedback Collected at Open House (Photo) - 04/17/18

(VANCOUVER, Wash. April 17, 2018) – Tonight The Historic Trust and Marathon Acquisition & Development held a public open house to receive input and feedback on redevelopment of the Providence Academy site.  Over 100 people attended the meeting in the Providence Academy ballroom. “The fact that so many people took time out of their busy schedules to engage with The Trust on the history of the Providence Academy and to share their comments on the proposed plan for redevelopment is what makes our community so strong.” stated Mike True, CEO & President of The Historic Trust.

Since acquisition of the 7-acre Providence Academy site in 2015, The Historic Trust has worked to preserve the Academy Building and position the site for redevelopment. The Trust has made significant progress in renovating the Providence Academy Building and extensively engaging with the development community to prepare a program to redevelop the site into a mixed-use urban campus. The Trust selected Marathon Acquisition & Development based on a shared vision and aligned principles.

The Trust’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles continue to guide The Trust through site redevelopment steps that are compatible with The Trust Board’s long-term vision for the property.  The community engagement initiative launched by The Trust includes stakeholder engagement, an Academy Advisory Team, and tonight’s public open house. The Academy Advisory Team will develop recommendations for plan revisions based on stakeholder, public, Clark County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) and City of Vancouver feedback.

The renderings shown at tonight’s open house of the proposed development are available on The Trust’s website: www.TheHistoricTrust.org. True stated, “We hope those who could not join us tonight will take the time and provide feedback on our website. Together our community will realize a true vision for the Providence Academy Building; that it is preserved and enhanced as a place of commerce and year-round center of activity for all.”

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About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, celebration, and preservation of our community's history. Learn more at thehistorictrust.org.

About Marathon: The Marathon family of companies is comprised of three vertically integrated entities specializing in development, construction, and management of multi-family real estate. Marathon’s control of every facet of a development provides a unique ability to manage quality and cost.  As a long-term holder Marathon is motivated to build high quality apartments that enrich communities.  Marathon was formed in 1979 as an affiliate of Simpson Housing, a large multi-state apartment development company.  Since inception Marathon has developed, constructed, and managed thousands of apartments and ancillary commercial space. 

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Public Open House on April 17th, 2018 Redevelopment of the Providence Academy Site - 04/16/18

The Historic Trust invites the community to join in a public open house on April 17, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm to provide input and feedback on redevelopment of the Providence Academy site.  The open house will be held in the Providence Academy ballroom with an opportunity to engage with the Trust on the history of the Providence Academy and the guiding principles established for the site.  The public will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed plan for redevelopment of the western portion of the site.

Since acquisition of the 7-acre Providence Academy site in 2015, the Historic Trust has worked to preserve the Academy Building and position the site for redevelopment. The Trust has made significant progress in renovating the Providence Academy Building and extensively engaging with the development community to prepare a program to redevelop the site into a mixed-use urban campus. The Trust selected Marathon Acquisition & Development based on a shared vision and aligned principles.

For those who cannot make it to the Open House, renderings of the proposed buildings will be online at www.TheHistoricTrust.org starting Wednesday, April 18th. Comments will be accepted online through that website as well.

The community engagement initiative launched by the Trust includes stakeholder engagement, an Academy Advisory Team, and a public open house. The Academy Advisory Team will develop recommendations for plan revisions based on stakeholder, public, Clark County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) and City of Vancouver feedback.

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About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, celebration, and preservation of our community's history. Learn more at thehistorictrust.org.

About Marathon: The Marathon family of companies is comprised of three vertically integrated entities specializing in development, construction, and management of multi-family real estate. Marathon’s control of every facet of a development provides a unique ability to manage quality and cost.  As a long-term holder Marathon is motivated to build high quality apartments that enrich communities.  Marathon was formed in 1979 as an affiliate of Simpson Housing, a large multi-state apartment development company.  Since inception Marathon has developed, constructed, and managed thousands of apartments and ancillary commercial space. 

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The Historic Trust Announces that President & CEO, Mike True, is stepping down this summer (Photo) - 04/12/18

After twelve years with The Historic Trust (THT), Mike True is leaving his position as President & CEO, announced Board Chair, Stacey Graham. True will stay on through the annual community 4th of July fireworks celebration, which is produced by THT.

Through his tenure at The Historic Trust, Mike expanded historic preservation and property management services, restructured the financial platform, and guided development of a new mission, rebranding and strategic planning process that has moved the organization towards more vibrant community engagement and outreach.  He worked to build robust aviation-based STEM programs for our youth at the Pearson Field Education Center.  Mike spearheaded the West Barracks redevelopment effort, in partnership with the city of Vancouver that landed RealWear, a Silicon Valley company that makes head-mounted tablets and smart glasses, in our community.  Additionally, he led redevelopment planning for The Providence Academy and was instrumental in acquiring $2 million for the recent renovation of the roof and porches. He also led efforts to raise the first million dollars for the next phase of renovation of the Academy’s interior public spaces.

“We are grateful for Mike’s creativity, tenacity and leadership as President & CEO for the past three years,” stated Graham. “With his help, the Board of Directors has repositioned The Historic Trust for the future, expanding our efforts in the areas of education and outreach and historic preservation and property management. We are very glad that he is staying in our community and will be working with the Murdock Charitable Trust, a partner and friend of THT for many years, through many projects.”

“Over the last 12 years, it is been such a privilege to work for The Historic Trust,” stated “Mike True.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as its President & CEO.  I believe that the new The Historic Trust is in a great position to affectively advance its mission in a positive and impactful way.  I am committed to be a life-long engaged supporter and advocate for the organization and look forward to supporting its future success and this transition.”

The THT Board has appointed a search committee to lead its efforts in hiring a new President & CEO. It has begun its work and expects to have a new President & CEO in place sometime in the Fall.

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About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, celebration, and preservation of the Southwest Washington community's history. Learn more at www.thehistorictrust.org.

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The Historic Trust Launches Community Engagement Initiative to Enhance the Long-Term Success of the Providence Academy Site - 03/27/18

The Historic Trust invites the community to join in a public open house on April 17, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm to provide input and feedback on redevelopment of the Providence Academy site. The open house will be held in the Providence Academy ballroom with an opportunity to engage with the Trust on the history of the Providence Academy and the guiding principles established for the site. The public will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed plan for redevelopment of the western portion of the site.

Since acquisition of the 7-acre Providence Academy site in 2015, the Historic Trust has worked to preserve the Academy Building and position the site for redevelopment. The Trust has made significant progress in renovating the Providence Academy Building and extensively engaging with the development community to prepare a program to redevelop the site into a mixed-use urban campus. The Trust selected Marathon Acquisition & Development based on a shared vision and aligned principles.

The Historic Trust Board created Guiding Principles to provide a framework to inspire economic vitality around the preservation of the Providence Academy building and redevelopment of the site. As one of the most historically significant buildings in the Pacific Northwest, the Trust is seeking to revitalize the site through activation and vibrant redevelopment. The Guiding Principles the Trust adopted are the following:

1. Preservation. Preserve the Providence Academy building and landscape within a viable mixed-use urban campus.
2. Compatibility. New construction and additions should be compatible, while differentiated from the historic Providence Academy building.
3. Fiscal Sustainability. Redevelopment and improvements on the Providence Academy site should be fiscally self-supporting.
4. Safety and Code Compliance. Preservation and redevelopment shall seek to enhance the safety and code compliant elements of the buildings and site.
5. Stakeholders and Public Benefit. Redevelopment and improvements will consider community, tenant, donor and stakeholder input, and provide for public benefits.

The Trust's Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles continue to guide the Trust through site redevelopment steps that are compatible with the Trust Board's long-term vision for the property.

"The Trust is committed to adhering to these principles and fulfilling its mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our region's rich history," said Trust Board Member, John Deeder. Deeder continued, "the Trust understands the importance of this site as a contribution to the past, present, and future fabric of downtown Vancouver, and we value the community's input on the development proposal. We look forward to a dialogue with the community."

The community engagement initiative launched by the Trust includes stakeholder engagement, an Academy Advisory Team, and a public open house. The Academy Advisory Team will develop recommendations for plan revisions based on stakeholder, public, Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and City of Vancouver feedback.

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About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, celebration, and preservation of our community's history. Learn more at thehistorictrust.org.

About Marathon: The Marathon family of companies is comprised of three vertically integrated entities specializing in development, construction, and management of multi-family real estate. Marathon's control of every facet of a development provides a unique ability to manage quality and cost. As a long-term holder Marathon is motivated to build high quality apartments that enrich communities. Marathon was formed in 1979 as an affiliate of Simpson Housing, a large multi-state apartment development company. Since inception Marathon has developed, constructed, and managed thousands of apartments and ancillary commercial space.