Alamedans dispute Irvington historic designation

Residents say fees associated with the designation are too high.

Alameda residents are disputing Irvington Historic District designation. January 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Alameda residents are disputing Irvington Historic District designation. January 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Some Northeast Portland residents are working to remove the Irvington Historic District designation from their neighborhood.

Alameda resident Jim Brown is one of those spearheading the effort to carve a roughly 27-square block area out of the existing Irvington Historic District.

Brown told KOIN 6 News many homeowners in the area don’t want the historic listing because of the extra costs and restrictions it brings with it.

“Part of the problem was we’d like to be able to make changes in our home that maybe won’t be allowed,” Brown said.

Review fees for exterior remodeling in the historic district start at $250 and can run as high as $30,000. The fees can be applied to tasks as simple as replacing a window.

Brown said 707 property owners in the area were polled about the issue. Out of the 563 who responded, 79.5% said they wanted to remove the label.

Those in favor of removing the designation have already submitted a 340 page application for a boundary decrease.

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