Think Out Loud Portland’s Teardown Throwdown by Phoebe Flanigan OPB | Sept. 9, 2015
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In April, the Portland Bureau of Development Services rolled out a new appeals process for folks who want to contest demolitions in their neighborhood.
Among other things, the changes require that developers give 35 days notice to neighbors who live near a property slated for demolition. It also reversed a controversial demolition delay exemption that allowed developers to replace one single family home with another without any notification or delay period. Six months later, we’re checking in with a city official, an architectural preservationist and a developer to hear how the new process is going.
We also want to hear from you. Have you seen old homes torn down in your neighborhood? Bought or built a new home on the site of an old one? Participated in a demolition appeal? Call in during our live broadcast (888-665-5865), or share your experience in the comments below.
GUESTS: Nancy Thorington: Senior code and policy analyst for the Portland Bureau of Development Services Cathy Galbraith: Executive director of the Architectural Heritage Center Randy Sebastian: President of Renaissance Homes