Portland commission recommends against increasing building height restrictions
Although an increase in building heights could spur development in Portland’s Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, a city committee earlier this week recommended not allowing taller buildings there.
The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission has forwarded a recommendation to the Portland Planning Commission not to allow buildings taller than 130 feet in the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District.
At Monday’s meeting, Art DeMuro, chairman of the landmarks group, said that taller buildings would “contaminate” and lead to “further deterioration” of the district’s historic nature.
“We want to reinforce what’s there,” said DeMuro, referring to the stock of historic buildings in the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District.
The planning commission could make its decision on the height limit proposal at its next meeting, on July 8. The commission does not have to accept the recommendation of the Historic Landmarks Commission, but members of the HLC say they believed the planning commission would go along with their recommendation. [Read full article]
By Sam Bennett,
DJC Oregon - July 3, 2008