Lot-splitting foes take fight to City Hall

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Residents living in an upscale neighborhood near Reed College are fighting back against a developer who bought a home, wants to demolish it and build two homes on the same lot.

The city of Portland said the lot-splitting is legal.

But the residents near the lot on Woodstock Boulevard put their resources to work and will have their appeal to the Portland City Council heard next week.

Though they’re fighting for their neighborhood, they hope their efforts has an impact city-wide.

“The developers seem to be in charge,”concerned neighbor Kimberly Koehler said. “The city should listen to neighbors. We know what’s best for our neighborhoods.”

A developer wants to tear down this house on Woodstock Boulevard and put up two houses. Residents are opposed, April 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A developer wants to tear down this house on Woodstock Boulevard and put up two houses. Residents are opposed, April 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Neighborhood association president Robert McCullough said, “We do not want to live in a city without trees and green space.”

Neither Mayor Charlie Hales or Commissioner Amanda Fritz spoke Friday with KOIN 6 News about this issue.

But the question remains of what the master plan is with lot-splitting and if the council will give neighbors more of a voice and power.

“I think we would like to turn back the clock to the Portland that we actually moved to and not the Portland that is coming in our future,” McCullough said.

“We think other neighborhoods are looking at us because we know that they’re hurting as well,” Koehler said.

The developer told KOIN 6 News lot-splitting can be a good thing when done responsibily. He said the plans he’s proposed for this lot on Woodstock are responsible.

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