Updates on neighborhood efforts to preserve the Ballow & Wright building.

July 9, 2015 Official Planning Committee Minutes Votes in Bold

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2015-07-23 NWDA Planning Cte

Main topics:

1) 1727 NW Hoyt (Ballow & Wright Building) – Proposed Boutique Hotel

2) Conway Square (at block 290)

Hotel Concept Proposal

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Owner presentation to NWDA Planning Committee 3/12/15

B&W Hotel Presentation 1

Owner presentation to NWDA Planning Committee 6/4/15

B&W Hotel Presentation 2

June 4, 2015 Official Planning Committee Minutes Votes in Bold

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NWDA Planning Cte 2015-06-04 (WC)

Main Topics:

  1. Conway:  Thurman St. Amendment
  2. Plaid Pantry
  3. Ballow & Wright site development

City Council Denies Demolition Application of Ballow & Wright Building

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Please find a copy of City Council’s Order and Findings at this link:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/z183qeisexg85sg/09%20Final%20Findings%20LU_14_210073_DM.pdf?dl=0

09 Final Findings LU_14_210073_DM

Special Board Meeting – Dec 1, 2014

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The draft agenda for our special board meeting to be held on Monday, December 1st is now available. What began as a meeting with the sole purpose of reviewing committee work plans has now, by necessity, expanded into other issues, including discussion of NWDA’s position opposing demolition of the Ballow & Wright building.

The meeting is public and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a public comment period during which members of the community can share their opinions about the Ballow & Wright building and other issues.

Download agenda: NWDA Special Board Meeting Agenda_ December 1, 2014 v1

Ballow & Wright building preservation

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Overview

The NWDA opposes demolition of two buildings on NW 18th between Irving and Hoyt  to erect a 6-story, 82-unit apartment building. You can read our letter to the Historic Landmarks Commission and City Council.  Here is the position statement signed by 50 supporting neighbors. Both buildings are located in the Alphabet Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, development requires special scrutiny under City Code.

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The Ballow & Wright building.

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These 1940s apartments adjacent to the Ballow & Wright Building would also be demolished for the proposed development.

The Ballow & Wright building is a “contributing” structure, the demolition of which requires Type IV review by the Historic Landmarks Commission and City Council.

Only one prior Type IV demolition has ever been approved by City Council; the Dirty Duck Tavern in Old Town.  It was demolished to make way for Blanchet House, which provides meals, housing and other services to the homeless.  In this case, the building in question would be replaced by a six-story, 82-unit modern apartment building.

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A rendering of the proposed development in context.

In addition to destroying a historic resource, the proposed project would damage the historic fabric of the district by imposing a mammoth, architecturally-incompatible building in an enclave of historic landmarks, many of which are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The scale of the proposed development would resemble that of Park 19, at NW 18th and Glisan/Hoyt.

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A nearby historic landmark facing the proposed site at NW 18th and Irving.

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A nearby historic landmark on NW Hoyt, also facing the proposed site.

 

How to Help

Here’s what you can do to help preserve these historic resources (any or all of the following):

1)      Write to the Landmarks Commission, City Council or Council Staff opposing this project.

2)      Sign this petition opposing the project.  Feel free to post it to your Facebook page as well!

3)      Testify before city council on December 10 (at City Hall, 2:00 p.m.), or just attend to show your support.

4)      Make a tax-deductible donation to the NWDA’s Historic District Fund to help defray legal and other expenses.
* Donate in person by credit card by stopping by the NWNW office below
* Send checks to:  NWNW, 2257 NW Raleigh, Portland, Oregon 97210
Please make the checks out to the NWDA with Historic District Fund in the memo line.
* Donate via Paypal using the button below.

The NWDA’s tax ID number is 93-0612379.

5)      Provide and collect email addresses for neighbors willing to support us so we can keep everyone updated on meetings and progress.

6)      “Like” or sign up for our Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.

Direct any questions to Mark Sieber at 503.823.4212 or mark@nwnw.org