New regulations would allow the city to stop the demolition of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and some structures in historic districts listed on the national register. Also proposed are incentives to help property owners find ways to preserve these historically significant buildings.
Developers via for the change to redevelop the Custom House in Old Town Portland.
Developer Art DeMuro looks out of place inside the bowels of the old Portland Telegram building on the edge of downtown. Dressed in a crisp, maroon shirt, tan slacks and polished shoes, DeMuro effortlessly climbs a jury-rigged staircase that rises to the top floor of the four-story building on a quarter block at 1101 SW Washington St.
Workers scurry about putting up beams and other support structures as part of the $9.5 million renovation project. Already, they’re spraying stabilizing concrete on the interior as part of a seismic upgrade.
The historic Telegram Building is about to awaken from a deep lull. With its stately presence at the Southwest corner of 11th Avenue and Washington Street, the building has long attracted the attention of passersby but not many tenants over its lifetime.
It takes a certain talent to walk through a dilapidated building and see its value. In a society that equates “new” with clean, shiny and efficient, old buildings often don’t survive. But the Portland City Council is trying to improve the outlook for historic buildings and make them a vital part of the city’s future