Infill Development

Accessory Dwelling Units: Meeting Density Goals While Preserving Neighborhood Character

In March 2010, the Portland City Council voted to waive the system development fees for three years associated with constructing so-called "mother-in-law apartments" otherwise known as accessory dwelling units (ADU). This was an important decision as it has made it easier for homeowners in the city to add extra living space at a much reduced cost. Whether [...]

UPDATE Re: New Development at NE 6th and Couch

It seems that the folks at the BDS are having trouble with the link to the meeting notice regarding this development. For the third time the link has changed in the past week or so. Here it is as of this afternoon: The meeting on 12/16 is for "Design Advice" only. For those interested in saving the [...]

New Development Proposals Would Mean Loss of More Historic Urban Fabric

Two new development proposals will likely spell the demise of a few more vintage Portland apartment buildings. The first proposal is for a 5-story 66,000 square foot  mixed-use building at 537 NE Couch. This building would extend the full block from NE Couch to NE Davis - on a lot that includes two early 20th century [...]

Current Thinking on Historic Preservation – Insights from the 2010 National Preservation Conference

By Val Ballestrem Last week I had the privilege  of joining hundreds of my preservation colleagues from around the U.S. in Austin, Texas at the 2010 National Preservation Conference - hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The conference provided solid information on a number of fronts on everything from dealing with density to the LEED EB O & M [...]

Historic Preservation buried in latest Portland Plan draft objectives

It's good that Historic Preservation "made the cut" and is included in the latest draft objectives for the Portland Plan. However, the subject is buried rather deep within the nine so-called "Action Areas" of the plan. It is clear that if preservation is going to gain any teeth, we'll need to draw more attention to [...]

Celebrate Preservation Month at the AHC!

May is Preservation Month and the Architectural Heritage Center is offering several education programs: This Saturday, May 1st - Invisible Additions: Increasing Space, Minimizing Impacts. Come learn how you can add space to your vintage home while retaining its original character. An architect, a contractor, a house lifter, and a City inspector will be on [...]

A Question of Character

Last night, the Portland City-Wide Land Use Group, a group predominately made up of land-use representatives from Portland's 95 neighborhood associations, met to discuss the issue of Neighborhood Character and how it might be better defined in the Portland Plan. This is certainly a great issue to have on the table and it is our [...]

Historic Preservation and the Portland Plan

Starting this evening, the City of Portland is launching a series of new Portland Plan workshops and they want your input. Our hope is that all of these conversations include the issue of historic preservation and how preserving the fabric and character of our traditional neighborhoods is one component of a sustainable future. We will [...]

Welcome to Portland Preservation!

With this inaugural post, the Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center has significantly expanded our historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy work. Thanks to a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we have created this blog to keep people better informed and to expand participation in historic preservation issues and [...]