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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish Announces That City Will Sell “Water House”

Today, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced that the Portland Water Bureau will sell the "Water House," at 1616 NE 140th Ave. in the Russell Neighborhood.

August 13, 2013

Today, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced that the Portland Water Bureau will sell the "Water House," at 1616 NE 140th Ave. in the Russell Neighborhood.

After being assigned the Portland Water Bureau by Mayor Charlie Hales on June 4, 2013, Commissioner Fish directed the bureau to sell the house.

Through a competitive bidding process, H&H Real Estate has been selected to serve as the seller’s agent. H&H has recommended an asking price of $475,000.

The Portland Water Bureau invested close to $950,000 in hard and soft costs to build the house. The bureau expects to take a loss on the sale of the property.

"The Water Bureau is under new management," said Commissioner Nick Fish. "We are committed to stabilizing rates and to high levels of accountability and transparency."

"We are going to sell this house and use the proceeds to stabilize rates," added Fish. "My focus is on delivering the best water in the country to over 900,000 Oregonians."

Background

The Water House was a demonstration project showcasing water conservation practices through an innovative local green building partnership. It was built on vacant surplus property – the site of two decommissioned groundwater wells. The project was a public-private partnership with over 40 local partners and sponsors.

About 2,500 people have toured the house since January 2011. The house was part of the Build It Green! Home Tour twice and was also on the Ultimate Open House Tour. It has hosted workshops and classes on greywater use, low-use irrigation, and other water efficiency practices.

The house is Earth Advantage Platinum, Energy Star certified, and is the first WaterSense certified home in Oregon. Water-friendly landscaping features include a rain garden, eco-lawn, and plants from the Portland Nursery. The floor of the home is made of wood re-claimed from a school gym.

Water House Fact Sheet

"Water House" Media Roundup

City Plands to sell Water House, admits it will lose thousands in tax payer money

On KPTV.com

 

City's 'Water House' $1M down the drain?

Ken Boddie on KOIN.com

 

Portland to sell controversial 'Water House'

Anna Canzano on KATU.com

 

Commissioner: 'Water House' was a mistake

on KGW.com

 

Portland to take $475K loss on 'Water House'

Jeff Thompson on KGW.com

 

Nick Fish shorts Randy Leonard's infamous Water House

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Nick Fish says Water House a mistake. But didn't he vote for it?

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland's infamous 'Water House' for sale at $475,000

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland to sell controversial Water House

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Preserving "Home"

August 14, 2013

This afternoon, Nick and Commissioner Saltzman will lead Council in a celebration of our 11 x 13 initiative.

In 2008, the Portland Housing Bureau launched the 11x13 campaign when we identified 11 buildings that were at risk of losing their federal subsidies by the end of 2013.

With our partners, we proudly report that 11 x 13 has been a success.  We preserved the affordability of all 11 buildings -- home to more than 700 low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Listen to Dolores Sheppard describe what her home at Chaucer Court means to her (video at right), and then visit the Portland Housing Bureau YouTube channel to listen to the other stories of residents at all 11 buildings.

Learn more about the 11 x 13 intiative, the buildings we preserved, and the people who call them home.

Wendy Culverwell in The Portland Business Journal

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Getting it done: 11 x 13

August 15, 2013

Yesterday, City Council celebrated the completion of our 11 x 13 initiative.

In 2008, the Portland Housing Bureau launched the 11x13 campaign when we identified 11 buildings that were at risk of losing their federal subsidies by the end of 2013.

With our partners, we proudly report that 11 x 13 has been a success. We preserved the affordability of all 11 buildings -- home to more than 700 low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Learn more about the 11 x 13 intiative, the buildings we preserved, and the people who call them home.

Listen to some of the residents share their stories on the Portland Housing Bureau YouTube channel.

 

It's a wrap: Subsidized housing campaign saves nearly 1,000 homes

Wendy Culverwell in The Portland Business Journal

 

City saves 11 affordable housing buildings

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Getting It Done

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Water House sale, a fine first step, needs to be followed by Portland Water Bureau accountability

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

2013 Spirit of Portland awards nominations now being accepted

Dana Tims in The Oregonian

 

Gateway green shows power of partnerships

Nick Fish in the Portland Tribune

 

Our Opinion: Water House sale is smart move

Editorial in the Portland Tribune

 

Struggling to survive is not a criminal offense

Portland Human Rights Commission in the Portland Tribune

 

Hales Meets with Fish, Street Roots Director about Expanding Homeless Services

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

Fish, Salzman Staffer, Housing Bureau Meet With Hales on Homelessness - After Fish Goes Public With Complaints

Denis C.Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Yo, Charlie Hales! Politics are relational

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

The Empty Throne

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Nick Fish wants to restore CFO post that Portland Mayor Charle Hales cut, requiring $162,392 severance payment

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland's "Water House" hits the market at a bargain price

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish asks about anonymous comments. Here's what we say.

Susan Gage in The Oregonian

 

How Nick Fish Broke Rank with Charlie Hales' Plan for Sidewalk Sweeps and Food Carts

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

Summer concerts in downtown's Pettygrove Park continue Wednesdays in August

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

City's 'Water House' $1M down the drain?

Ken Boddie on KOIN.com

 

City Plans to sell Water House, admits it will lose thousands in tax payer money

On KPTV.com

 

Portland to sell controversial 'Water House'

Anna Canzano on KATU.com

 

Sharing a smile

Alex Zielinski in Street Roots

 

Did the Port and Housing Agency get scammed

Murmurs in Willamette Week

 

Nick Fish to Charlie Hales: "Are We Still committed to Solving Homelessness? Or Just to Displacing It?

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Commissioner: 'Water House' was a mistake

On KGW.com

 

Nick Fish shorts Randy Leonard's infamous Water House

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Nick Fish says Water House was a mistake. But didn't he vote for it?

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland to sell controversial Water House

Jim Redden In the Portland Tribune

 

It's a wrap: Subsidized housing campaign saves nearly 1,000 homes

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

 

City saves 11 affordable housing buildings

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland's infamous 'Water House' for sale at $475,000

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian