Neighbors Balk As Infill Spreads From Up And Coming Streets To Portlands Wealthiest Zip Codes

Dated: March 13 2014

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Portland’s next great land-use battle arrived in one of its swankiest zip codes via cherry picker.Neighbors on Northeast 35th Place looked outside one morning last fall to see a man eyeing the views as he went up, up, up -- higher than the brick ranch house at number 3419.He was a builder preparing to raze the existing home, valued by county tax assessors at $839,000, and replace it with two new homes, each expected to cost as much as $1 million.Neighbors, who peppered nearby streets with “Stop the Demo” signs, hate the idea. But there’s nothing they can do.“It’s just a terrible waste, because this was a beautiful house in good condition, a great house with some remodeling and updating,” said Barbara Strunk, who has lived across the street since 1976. “My fear is that this is just the beginning.” Infill, tearing down an existing structure and putting up one or more replacements, has become common practice in some of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods over the past few years. The number of single-family home demolitions has skyrocketed since the end of the recession and was up almost 50 percent last year from 2011. Read more...
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