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Save 1904 King Neighborhood Church and the Power of the Historic Resources Inventory to Preserve our Neighborhoods

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On March 31, 2015 the city received an application for demolition of what was the St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at 801 NE Failing St., Portland, Oregon 97212. Because it is listed on the Historic Resources Inventory taken in 1984, the demolition would have been subject to a mandatory 120-day demolition delay.

However, on the same day the demolition application was received, you, Peter Kusyk, requested the property be removed from the Historic Resources Inventory list, thereby negating the requirement for the delay.

Our group is called SAVE PDX DIVERSITY and HISTORY.  We were inspired by the victory of the tony Laurelhurst neighborhood's petition demanding you, Mr. Kusyk, Stop Demolishing Historic and Vintage Portland Homes.  

As policymakers, advocates and urban planners, we, too, are pushing for the City to retain the spirit of conservation, preservation and protection inherent in the Historic Resource Inventory List for all Portland Neighborhoods, particularly those being destroyed by Gentrification, as a means to protect and retain Portland's beauty, diversity, inheritance and historic significance for generations to come.

The church you are proposing to demolish is currently on the historic resource inventory list and is a well-known landmark that literally stands as a symbol of the soulful tradition within the heart of Portland's Historic Black Community, Albina. Further, as it was built in 1904 by Volga Germans on a 5,000-square-foot lot and was utilized as St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church until 1973, it represents the diverse and multi-cultural character of the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) one of the most diverse areas in Portland's central city.

We, too, are interested in finding a private buyer who will preserve the home's historic and architectural integrity, and turn it in to a true community benefit and asset, perhaps a family community center.

Your company intends to replace this historic 111-year-old church property with a two-story duplex with a tuck-under garage for one unit and a “parking pad” for the other, which we feel will significantly change the character of the neighborhood.

We are also concerned about the environmental impact of a demolition. We are aware of current construction laws and will proactively collect lead dust samples over time, meticulously documenting every move your contractors make. We have many families with small children and we are all concerned that lead dust will be distributed throughout the neighborhood during demolition.


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