Structure demolition on a five-lot property at 3934 N.E. 66th Ave. began August 6 after the property had been vacant more than a year. In early June 2014, Portland Police arrested Gary Allen Lewis, 61, as a suspect in the death of his tenant Renée Standidge, 59. Police found Standidge’s body in the basement of the house that was razed.
Victor Remmers of Everett Custom Homes told the Hollywood Star News that he acquired the property earlier this year and will build three new houses on larger, 40-foot-wide lots. The four-square vintage American structures will have three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and individual driveways to detached garages in the backyards.
Remmers said Everett Homes secured a demolition permit at the beginning of July after he presented his plans to a June meeting of the Roseway Neighborhood Association. “Reaction from the neighborhood was generally positive,” Remmers said. “As a matter of fact, some said it was about time something happened on the property. Even demolition opponents told me that that house had to come down, so we’re cleaning up that property.”
A neighbor watching the demolition at the beginning of August told the Hollywood Star News that she and others were relieved when they learned that the houses to be built would be compatible with other structures in the neighborhood and that the property was finally being developed rather than being vacant.