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Harbor district approves purchase agreement with Timber Heritage Association

SAMOA- It was a momentous decision made by the Humboldt Bay Harbor Commission Thursday night. After months of negotiations, the Timber Heritage Association will now have the opportunity to purchase the Samoa Shops Complex.

The complex was built in 1893 and played a large role in the lumber industry here in Humboldt County. The Timber Heritage Association already leases the property from the harbor district. But Thursday night, the commission voted to approve a purchase option agreement offering the land for just five dollars.

It's still a long road ahead for the association. They are responsible for environmental feasibility studies and other regulatory requirements before they can make the purchase. Those requirements will cost thousands to carry out. The association says once the purchase is official, they have big plans for the shops.

"We have our historic collection of local locomotives and logging paraphernalia there and we hope and we really want to turn that into a regional tourist museum," Timber Heritage Association President Pete Johnston said. "We think it would be a great draw to have that open seven days a week give tourists who come here to see the redwoods, give them something to do and see for an extra day in Humboldt."