Eastmoreland house among latest in wave of demolitions (photo gallery)

Eastmoreland house among latest in wave of demolitions (photo gallery)

Mark Graves | mgraves@oregonian.comBy Mark Graves | mgraves@oregonian.com
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on October 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM, updated October 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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Residents and developers are clashing in neighborhoods across the Portland area over a surge in home demolitions, but perhaps no neighborhood has resisted the trend more than Eastmoreland.

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom Eastmoreland house at 7110 SE Reed College Place was demolished Monday. A developer who bought the home for $495,000 plans to build a new house in its place, according to Portland permitting records.

In response to the surge in demolitions, city development officials are considering new measures to ease neighbors’ concerns. It has started giving developers who pull demolition permits notification door-hangers they can distribute at nearby houses — and it’s considering making the program mandatory.

The city will also consider a mandatory waiting period for demolitions, designed for neighbors or preservationists to come up with a plan to save the home — or at least to ease the shock of the tear-down.

Here’s what the Eastmoreland house looked like before:

And here’s what the upswing in demolitions looks like mapped out:

–Elliot Njus and Mark Graves

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