Neighbors call for home’s demolition

Graffiti covers the side of a boarded-up home on N. Interstate Ave. in Portland. But neighbors said squatters have still found their way inside -- using this 100-year-old home as a haven for drugs and other crimes, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Graffiti covers the side of a boarded-up home on N. Interstate Ave. in Portland. But neighbors said squatters have still found their way inside -- using this 100-year-old home as a haven for drugs and other crimes, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One North Portland home — now covered in graffiti, littered with trash and a suspected haven for drug users — has been a problem for 13 years. So why hasn’t anything been done?

KOIN 6 News spent the day trying to track down the owner of this home.

The home is on N. Interstate Ave. It has been vacant on and off since around 2000. City records show the current eyesore was scheduled for demolition in 2012.

And while the home used to be a bright, well-kept single family house, graffiti now covers this 100-year-old home’s facade.

“It’s a nuisance,” said neighbor Sarah Michelini. “I’d call it a problem.”

Property records obtained by KOIN 6 News show the city has been called to the 864-square-foot home seven times on nuisance calls since 2000. Portland’s Bureau of Development Services has an enforcement hotline — 503.823.code (2633) — for problem or nuisance properties. The latest complaint on this property came just last month.

“People fighting, throwing beer bottles around, that kind of stuff,” said one neighbor.

What would neighbors like to see done with this property?

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Records show a company by the name of Corso LLC owns the dilapidated property. KOIN 6 News paid a visit at its Southwest Portland office, but was told company staff only meet clients on an appointment basis. (KOIN 6 News)

“Demolish it,” said Ryan Kilkenny.

Records show a company by the name of Corso LLC owns the dilapidated property. KOIN 6 News paid a visit at its Southwest Portland office, but was told company staff only meet clients on an appointment basis.

As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a phone message to the company had not been returned.

Records show the  property was scheduled to be demolished last September and a small apartment complex was going to be built. But nearly one year later, the home is still there — with a loose board allowing easy access into the basement. Inside can be seen blankets and trash.

“I understand everyone needs a place to stay,” Michelini said. “But when they leave their trash, their needles and what not, it becomes a different story.”

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