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Jefferson County
City of Port Arthur Historic Design Standards & Guidelines
News Release
Thursday, August 09, 2018

Port Arthur, Texas - The City of Port Arthur has hired Hardy∙Heck∙Moore, Inc. (HHM) to develop design guidelines and standards for the City's designated historic district, downtown area, and individual historic landmarks throughout the City of Port Arthur.

This project is funded through a matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and general funds.

The historic guidelines and standards are being developed to provide property owners and design professionals with clarification of the requirements of the United States Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. The guide(s) will provide suggestions for techniques to preserve and enhance the historic qualities of the City's Historic Landmarks, as well as provide a basis for the Historic Preservation Commission to make informed, consistent decisions about alterations and proposed new construction to buildings and sites. They will also encourage and promote the sensitive restoration, renovation, and preservation of individual Historic Landmarks and properties within Port Arthur.

The project will involve researching, documenting and photographing buildings, homes and other historic resources in the areas described above. This project will only be gathering information and will entail no changes to zoning. As such, you may observe our consultants in the neighborhoods of South of Procter Street between Woodworth Boulevard and Houston Avenue, over the next couple of months taking photos for the project. Please feel free to go out and say hello to them. Another way to help with this project is to share your interesting stories or facts regarding your home or building.

We anticipate the entire project to be completed by March of 2019. A Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018, from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive, to solicit feedback and gather information from residents and property owners within the project areas. A formal letter announcing the public meeting will be mailed to all property owners in the City’s designated historic district and downtown area, and flyers will be posted in public locations.

For additional information regarding the project, please contact Pamela D. Langford, Development Services Manager, Planning and Zoning Department at 409-983-8135 or

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