ILWACO — Downtown Ilwaco is a step closer to revitalization.

Renovations have begun on the long-vacant Doupé Building, at 104 Spruce Street on the town’s main intersection. The building was officially purchased on July 17 by Abigail Mack, an investor from Ohio.

After renovations, plans call for the building to feature 14 apartments and commercial space.

The historic building, dating back to the 1890s, was originally the Aberdeen Packing Company store. Mack intends to maintain the building’s character with features such as original-style windows, according to earlier reporting.

The project was approved by both Ilwaco’s Planning Commission and City Council in May. Five of the apartments will be on the building’s lower level, which required commission and council approval.

Mack is owner of Arbor Equities, an Ohio-based company that owns, manages and develops properties in Colorado, Kansas and Ohio. Mack’s previous work has been primarily focused on law and housing. She’s worked for multiple nonprofits, some in Israel.

She has a background in both housing and law. Mack earned her law degree and a master’s degree in city regional planning from Ohio State University. She earned her bachelor’s in international studies from Colorado State University.

Building renovations will be done in stages.

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