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Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Seismic Retrofit Project

Information about the City of Portland committee looking at seismic policy issues involving unreinforced masonry buildings, URMs.

The URM Policy Committee has been meeting monthly to prepare a seismic retrofit policy for Portland City Council to consider late this year. The committee recently completed an initial report currently up for public review. Two public forums were held in September to gather feedback on the draft report which can be viewed here. More than 175 people attended the forums, dozens sharing their comments and concerns. There is still time to provide input on the draft report which will be updated in early November after consideration of public comments.

What's next:

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.

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URM overview video

A short video about the City's concerns about unreinforced masonry buildings

Sept. 8 Public Forum Notes

Review comments from attendees of first public forum

URM Workplan

View the workplan for the URM Seismic Retrofit Project.

URM Project Description

View the project description for the URM Seismic Retrofit Project.

Policy Committee