Irvington property owners are appealing Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation’s denial of a petition to remove a portion of the Irvington Neighborhood Historic District. Refusal to remove the northeast corner of the district, bounded by Northeast Fremont Street to the north, Northeast 27th Avenue to the east (including the properties on the east side of the street up to Alameda School), Northeast Knott Street to the south, and Northeast 21st Avenue to the west came at a February meeting of the nine-member, governor-appointed group of experts in the field of preservation.
Ian Johnson, interim associate deputy state historic preservation officer, was waiting for a revised copy of the petition, “Once received, I will make the document available to those who request it through the remainder of the comment period, Johnson told The Hollywood Star News, “We will mail the document to the National Park Service on May 21, and they will consider the petition through early July.” Johnson added that he expects to hear the results around middle of July, but the tentative schedule depends on the speed of federal officials’ paperwork processing.
Back in October 2010, the Irvington Neighborhood Historic District was listed in the National Register. It currently encompasses a square-shaped area approximately bounded by Northeast Fremont Street, Northeast 27th Avenue (including both sides of the street), Northeast Broadway and Northeast Seventh Avenue. Late in 2014, the State Historic Preservation Office received a petition to remove a portion of the Irvington Historic District, arguing that the area to be removed is dissimilar from the remainder of the Irvington Historic District and is more closely historically associated with the Alameda Neighborhood. Both neighborhoods claim the area requested to be removed from historic district designation.