A September U.S. Department of the Interior decision denying removal of a portion of Northeast Portland’s Alameda Neighborhood from the Irvington Historic District leaves applicants with one more appeal. After rejections of the de-listing petition by the City Landmarks Commission, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and Federal Interior Department’s “Keeper,” final appeal may be made directly to U.S Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
But Irvington historian Jim Heuer told the Hollywood Star News he hasn’t heard yet whether that final appeal will be made, and in light of city, state and federal denials, he believes it has “…a fairly significant likelihood…” of not succeeding. Heuer, who has opposed the delisting, said he and the Irvington Community Association would continue to work with neighbors affected by the historic listing regulations to mitigate adverse effects of the designation.
“In the past, we’ve been able to get the city to reduce the cost of historical resource review charges from $1,200 to $250,” Heuer said. Properties affected are in an area bounded by Northeast Fremont Street on the north, Northeast Knott Street on the south, Northeast 27th Avenue on the east and Northeast 21st Avenue on the west.