Two design concepts to consider for Gateway Center

The last public meeting regarding the design of the future Gateway Center in downtown Aberdeen will be held Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rotary Log Pavilion.

Two concepts will be presented for the appearance of the center. One will be based on opinion gathered during recent design meetings and online. In December, people from around the county were asked to consider four concepts based on earlier preferences expressed by members of the public. This idea is going to be based on that process.

The other concept would incorporate facades from the old Selmer’s building. A group of residents petitioned the city and design architect to present one or more ideas for a new building that includes parts of the unoccupied brick structure on the northeast corner of Wishkah and F streets.

“The potential economic benefits of a focused enterprise center housed in a building that can be an inviting place for tourists to visit as they drive over the Wishkah River Bridge will only be improved with more voices contributing to its success,” said Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson.

The 20,000-square-foot building will serve as a visitors and tourism center as well as a one-stop shop for Grays Harbor County’s enterprise and economic development organizations. Some space will be used for retail clients and meetings.

The two designs will also be available for online consideration at

An announcement about the final design is expected in February.

This final design concept will be used to pursue funding for the project and attract tenants.