PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Demolition will begin soon on the old Portland Gas and Coke Building, which has been vacant since 1958.
Built in 1913, the building off Highway 30 is structurally unstable, full of asbestos and lead paint and the land it sits on is heavily polluted, a spokesperson with Northwest Natural Gas told KOIN 6 News.
Scott Becker with the Friends of GasCo, the group trying to save the building, said he knows the end is near – but they’re not giving up.
“We’re still hoping Northwest Natural will save this historical land for everyone because (the building) has been there for 103 years.”
He said he hopes they keep the facade for Portland’s history. “Portland is losing way too much character and old buildings,” he said.
But Melissa Moore with Northwest Natural said the exterior demolition will begin after October 30 and is expected to take between 2 and 4 weeks.
“There’s no hope to save it. It’s coming down,” she told KOIN 6 News. They worked with the community group for 18 months and offered to keep the building if they could raise $2 million to save it.
The group has not come close.