The White Stag block, home to four dilapidated buildings and the landmark “Made in Oregon” sign that overlooks the Burnside Bridge, likely will be the new home of the University of Oregon’s Portland Center.
The hunt is on for a developer to restore and reuse the U.S. Custom House.
Developers via for the change to redevelop the Custom House in Old Town Portland.
Venerable redeveloping Irvington grocery bringing neighborhood needed services.
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.
Reed College’s decision to demolish the Sellwood Trolley Barns, instead of preserve them as neighbors wished is the prototypical example of historic property owners turning their backs on the public good.
It didn’t take Art DeMuro of Venerable Properties long to decide he should get involved with the redevelopment of Portland’s historic Telegram building.
Renovating historic buildings for re-use has never been easy. But, at a time when returns on other commercial properties are falling, historic rehabs are proving to be a healthy niche.
A landmark 92-year-old former streetcar garage in the Sellwood neighborhood will be demolished, despite strong neighborhood opposition to pave the way to a development of 81 townhomes.