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Langleyites get a glimpse at city’s history

Gemkow workers uncover the old post office sign during their remodel work on First Street in Langley. - Ron Nelson
Gemkow workers uncover the old post office sign during their remodel work on First Street in Langley.
— image credit: Ron Nelson

LANGLEY — Workers at the new construction on First Street uncovered a bit of Langley history last week.

A crew of Gemkow construction workers uncovered the original sign and building face of the old post office, said Gemkow employee Ron Nelson.

Many pedestrians stopped by to get a good look at the historic storefront before it got a new face, he added.

City Planner Larry Cort said the remodel of the post office which most recently housed the Gaskill-Olsen Gallery is part of a major change to the property.

The gallery is closed for construction, but it will reopen under new ownership as Karlson/Gray Gallery.

A new retail space to the left is also under construction, Cort said. Both will be connected via a residential unit that will span across the two retail spaces. The residential unit will be associated with the Inn at Langley.

The most unique feature of the construction is a new building on the waterside of the property. It will house four apartment-style residential units. The ground-level will be at Seawall Park and rise up the bluff.

As a part of the project, the developers, Two Totem Corp., will landscape a portion of Hladky Park, Cort said.

There will be courtyard parking, for the tenants of the new place.

Michaela Marx Wheatley can be called at 221-5300 or mmarxwheatley@southwhidbeyrecord.com.

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