Agreement reached on historic home move

Kim and Roy Fox bought this historic home and planned to move it. But the permitting process was put on hold by the city of Portland, Sept. 12, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Kim and Roy Fox bought this historic home and planned to move it. But the permitting process was put on hold by the city of Portland, Sept. 12, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After weeks of fighting red tape, the owners of a historic Portland home finally have a way to save it from demolition.

And that means the historic Rayworth House on N. Albina Street could soon be on the move.

Roy and Kim Fox have reached an agreement with the city of Portland on a revised moving route that will save trees along the way.

They were ready to move it about two weeks ago, but the city delayed it — saying the home was taller than expected and thus could run into trees and other hazards. Planners have since revised the route to accommodate for the home’s actual dimensions.

But the house still can’t be moved quite yet, Roy Fox told KOIN 6 News Monday night.

“There is still a lot of logistics to see if we can put this back together,” Fox said. “But certainly the city is working on getting us permits … We are more optimistic then we’ve been for a long time.”

The Foxs purchased the classic Victorian home to keep it from being demolished. They now hope to move the home, constructed in 1895, to its new plot — about 2 miles away — next week. However, that plan too is contingent upon when the house-moving company is available.

The Rayworth House sits in the Boise neighborhood, a neighborhood that is quickly changing and losing its historic homes. The move comes as a result of a concerted neighborhood effort to save the home from demolition:

“With this house we just got together as a community,” said Caroline Dao of the Boise Neighborhood Association this past week, “and said, ‘Let’s see if we can do something about this.’”

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