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Do you own, live, or do business in an unreinforced masonry (URM) building in Portland? There are over 1,700 of these structures throughout the city. URMs pose a danger to public safety during an earthquake. Numerous examples from around the U.S. and elsewhere show URM buildings are likely to partially or completely collapse when the ground starts shaking. When they collapse, these buildings harm residents and people in the surrounding area. In order to ensure the safety of resident before the next quake, the City of Portland is working on a mandatory policy to require owners to retrofit these buildings.
You’re invited to attend an upcoming forum to learn about, ask questions, and provide feedback on the proposed policy:
Tenants' forum: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, St James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave. During our first two public forums, we heard a lot from property owners. This meeting is designed to gather comments from tenants of unreinforced masonry buildings. Open to all. Children welcome. Accommodations, including translation, are available upon request, 503-823-4375.
URM Policy Committee meeting: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, Portland Development Commission, 222 NW Fifth Ave. The Policy Committee will meet to review the cost-benefit study and comments received during the public forums on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Portland Development Commission. The meeting is open to the public and accommodations are available upon request, 503-823-4375.
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and responses have been developed to answer some of the more common questions about URM buildings and what the City is doing to address potential harm they can cause in the event of an earthquake.
The City’s Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building data base has been converted into an interactive map to make it easier to located and learn about URM Buildings.
Learn more about the draft policy and give us your feedback online. Your input and comments about this proposed policy and important.
Learn more about the project background and groups of City staff, property owners and community members that helped developed the Draft Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Policy Committee Report.