The legislature has shown support for the preservation of Washington state's unique architectural heritage which can be accomplished by finding new uses for historic properties. Public agencies provide leadership in historic preservation by assuring that historic properties are given special consideration when additional space must be purchased, rented or leased.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby order and direct the following:
1. The Department of Community Development shall solicit voluntary nominations from the owners of historic properties who wish to have their property considered for possible purchase, rent or lease.
2. Owners who wish to have their property determined eligible for listing in the National or State Register may do so at any time by submitting a properly completed historic sites inventory form to the Director of Community Development for consideration.
3. To be eligible for special consideration under this Executive Order, the property must be either listed in the National or Washington State Register of Historic Places or be certified by the Director of Community Development as eligible for listing in the National or State Register.
4. Owners requesting special consideration under this Executive Order will be asked to furnish to the Department of Community Development information concerning the location of the property, the number of stories and gross square footage available, the present use and other characteristics deemed necessary for evaluation.
5. The Director of Community Development will maintain a list of eligible historic places that may be suitable for the state's use either in existing condition or through repair or alteration. A current copy of this list will be provided to the Director of General Administration.
6. The Department of General Administration will once a month forward to the Department of Community Development a copy of the space request register which will provide the Department of Community Development with the information of what space is being solicited by state agencies.
7. In renting, leasing or purchasing space for use by state agencies, the Director of General Administration shall consider proposals from the owners of historical properties that are available and could potentially meet the state's requirements.
8. In evaluating the alternatives for the location of state agencies in the purchase, rent or lease or space, the Director of General Administration shall include historical significance as one of the criteria in selecting properties for state use.
9. The Director or General Administration shall maintain records concerning the evaluation of historic properties that have been considered for state use.