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Oregon House Bill 2007 – Proposed Legislation Turns Back the Clock on Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation

Ostensibly about easing construction of affordable housing, Oregon HB 2007 is instead both a disservice to affordable housing and a specific harm to historic districts. The bill takes a “one size fits all” approach that overrides local controls over issues like design review and zoning and potentially encourages the demolition of smaller, less expensive homes. [...]

Residential Infill Plan Concept Report Under Consideration

The Portland City Council is weighing the merits of the proposed Residential Infill Plan. The Architectural Heritage Center submitted the following testimony about achieving density without sacrificing a sense of place. Among other issues, we urge the city to try a model project prior to making sweeping decisions. Here is our written testimony to the [...]

Draft Central City 2035 Plan Discussion at the AHC – April 12th, 2016

On April 12th at 6:30 PM, the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Avenue) will be hosting an information session on the draft Central City 2035 Plan. Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will provide an overview of the draft Central City 2035 Plan, which will provide a new long-range land use and transportation [...]

City Council Gets an Earful on Demolition Issue

To follow up on our posts from the past week, yesterday, the Portland City Council accepted the report from the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, that included several recommendations, including those aimed at the demolition of single family homes in the city. Hopefully now the City will begin to take a hard look and perhaps even [...]

Coalition for Historic Resources’ Recommendations for Addressing Demolition Issue

To update our post from last week, last Thursday, members of the Portland Coalition for Historic Resources met at the Architectural Heritage Center to develop a three-pronged approach to addressing the demolition issue in Portland. This Thursday, they will propose the following emergency measures to the Portland City Council. Close loopholes by defining “demolition” as [...]

The State of Historic Preservation in Portland – 2014

The Portland City Council will hear the annual “State of the City Preservation Report” from the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission on Thursday, July 31st starting at 2:00PM. A number of historic preservation issues, successes, and challenges are included in the very thorough report. We hope you will help fill City Hall with supporters of historic [...]

Neighborhoods Beginning to Take Action Over Demolition Issue

Last night the Eastmoreland Neighborhood announced they would be staging a "park-in" to keep yet another demolition from occurring. Here's the text of their announcement from their Facebook page: DEMOLITION UPDATE: The developer at 3620 SE Rural has circumvented the ENA's 120 day delay for demolition and plans to raze the house tomorrow morning. A [...]

Demolition Derby Continues

As we recently reported, it seems that building demolitions in Portland are continuing unabated, or at least the continued threat of demolition is still out there. The Markham House in Laurelhurst is still in danger of being demolished, even though we've heard that the new owner has offered to sell the house to someone interested in [...]

As One House is Saved from the Wrecking Ball, Another Takes Its Place

by Val Ballestrem Last week it seemed Portland would lose yet another wonderful, if not designated, historic house - this time in Willamette Heights. Thankfully, neighbors of the Montague House on NW 32nd stepped in and purchased the home at the 11th hour. But just as the dust began to settle in the West Hills, [...]

Demolition Issues Continue to Aggravate Neighborhoods

In case you missed it, last week there was a discussion at Concordia university about the ongoing demolition issues in Portland. The auditorium was packed, with many people even sitting on the floor. AHC executive director Cathy Galbraith was honored to be part of the panel discussion, following up on her recent Portland Preservation blog [...]