Infill Development

2011 in Review – and in Rhyme

A long time ago the Galaxy Restaurant - not far away Was slated for demolition, but remains empty to this day Soon the Hollywood Theatre will have a new building adjacent But is the building’s design compatible or complacent? For now Storrs’ paraboloid remains hyperbolic As Columbia River Crossing talks have become vitriolic Lovers of [...]

What’s Going on at “The Woods”?

As we reported here at Portland Preservation back in August, the owners of most of the block adjacent to The Woods music venue at 6637  SE Milwaukie Avenue, have plans for a major redevelopment that includes 21 lots and the demolition of  the existing homes at 1606 SE Claybourne and 1605 SE Glenwood. You can [...]

Public Comments on the DRAFT Portland Plan Due by December 28th – Where’s Historic Preservation?

Written public comments for the draft Portland Plan must be submitted by December 28th. Bosco-Milligan Foundation executive director Cathy Galbraith presented testimony at a recent public hearing on the Portland Plan, expressing concern that nowhere in the document is the term historic preservation even mentioned.  In fact, there is only one reference to "historic resources" to be found in the draft document - a big disappointment to those who [...]

Threatened with Demolition: Portland’s Old Waverly Children’s Home

Last week we mentioned that the old Waverly Children's Home (3550 SE Woodward) was slated for demolition, as plans are in the works for a new development on the site. On Monday evening, August 8th at 7PM, the Richmond Neighborhood Association will be hearing more from the developer about his plans for 18 new home sites. If you are concerned about this development, I encourage you [...]

Several Demolitions Planned in Southeast Portland

We hear fairly frequently about buildings being demolished around the city because they have no protections against such action. Indeed this is the case for most properties that do not have some sort of historic designation  - like a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier in the summer it seemed there was a lull around Portland [...]

More on Proposed Development Adjacent to Hollywood Theatre

At recent meetings with the architect of a proposed new development adjacent to the Hollywood Theatre, concerns were raised by theater operators about the 5-story mixed-use building's design. Taking a very proactive stance, the theater has proposed an alternative footprint for the new building as a way to meet the needs of the neighborhood, while also preserving views of the Hollywood Theatre's wonderful [...]

New Building Proposed Adjacent to Hollywood Theatre – UPDATED

In March 1997, a massive 4-alarm fire destroyed the Hollywood Arcade building adjacent to the Hollywood Theatre on Sandy Boulevard. Since that time, the lot where the building once stood has remained vacant, but plans are now underway to construct a new mixed-use building on the site. The project raises an important question: [...]

Breaking News: City to Host Portland Plan 2035 Meetings Focused on Historic Preservation

This news is fresh off the press. Mark your calendars now for these important meetings in May and June specifically addressing historic preservation and Portland's efforts to plan for how the city may look in 2035. Historic Preservation and The 2035 Portland Plan  The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability has now scheduled the Historic Preservation-specific sessions we [...]

Efforts to Create a National Register Historic District in Buckman Continue

For more than a year, the all-volunteer Buckman Historic Association has been working on the preliminary phase of a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the oldest portion of this southeast Portland neighborhood. During this time they've criss-crossed every street within the proposed historic district, probably more than twice, in an effort to effectively  survey the [...]

City Approves Design for East Burnside Re-Development and Demolition of the Galaxy Restaurant

It came as no surprise that the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services staff approved designs for the proposed Trio Club on East Burnside. As we reported previously, the project will mean the demolition of the Galaxy Restaurant Building - the 1963 Googie-styled Chinese restaurant, that was home to Portland's first Denny's. It's unfortunate that the developer and [...]