Our View: When the dust settles
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Change is almost always a difficult experience. Change in downtown Kent is no exception.
At Tuesday night’s planning commission people didn’t hide their feelings about the decision to relocate a historic building in Kent. One woman even stormed off yelling “I hope your children forgive you.”
The Kent Wells Sherman house will find a new home at 247 N. Water St. between Scribbles Coffee Company and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.
While we’re sad to know that Standing Rock will have to find a new venue for its outdoor activities, the arts are alive and well in Kent and will persevere. At least the space will go towards preserving a vital piece of Kent history.
Built in 1858, the house once belonged to the city’s founder Zenas Kent and Civil War-era surgeon Dr. Aaron Sherman. The house was rescued from being demolished as part of the Esplanade expansion program by being temporarily moved to the end of East College Avenue on Aug. 11.
This isn’t the first time this house has been moved, either. It was first moved in 1924 to make way for an office building.
We’re glad to see that history is still being preserved in Kent despite all the new development going on in the city.The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.