Portland drafts new historic preservation rules to wrest back local control

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Portland is rewriting its historic preservation rules to reassert local control over what’s worth protecting and what’s just old. The city has for a quarter-century used the National Register of Historic Places as the main arbiter of what’s protected from demolition or radical renovation. But that approach has been unpopular with preservationists, who say adding…

Auburn real estate market ‘hot,’ according to statewide ranking

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AUBURN — Newly released rankings show a real estate market in Auburn that is sizzling. Maine Life Real Estate Co. of Scarborough compiles a yearly list of communities with the biggest increases in home and condominium sales, pulling data from a listing service operated by Maine Real Estate Information Services Inc. The latest listing shows…

Portland Funded Apartments to Bring Back People Pushed Out of Their Neighborhoods. The Building Is Still Mostly Vacant.

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Portland Funded Apartments to Bring Back People Pushed Out of Their Neighborhoods. The Building Is Still Mostly Vacant.The Beatrice Morrow Cannady is an 80-unit affordable housing development located at 3340 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.(Magnus Holmes) A longtime Portland nonprofit housing leader has struggled to fulfill the city’s new plan to make amends for…

Portland’s Affordable Housing Crisis – What’s Being Done?

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The January 24, 2019 meeting of the Oregon Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, featured a panel of affordable housing experts who described the root causes of Portland’s affordable housing crisis, and what is being done to fix it. Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, moderated the panel,…

This Real Estate Columnist Is Also a Geographer

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Evan M. Cohen Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. A little more than a year ago, Noel Millea, the deputy editor of the New York Times Real Estate section, asked if I could recommend a journalist to take over a column…

Portland officials eye 14 ‘reasonable’ sites for potential new shelters

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Portland’s 154-bed Oxford Street Shelter is outdated and overcrowded, leaving city councilors with the difficult task of replacing it. Portland officials have identified more than a dozen potential sites for city councilors to consider for one or more new homeless shelters. The list of 14 sites identified as “reasonable” alternatives includes two parcels near the…

The $100,000 question you should be asking your real estate agent

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Homebuyers beware: Putting a down payment on a home could cost you your life savings. Portland homeowner Aaron Cole was about to close in on a home purchase in Oregon when he received an email instructing him to wire the $123,000 down payment to someone he thought was the WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG),…

Jo Ann Hardesty Sworn In, Portland City Commission Majority Women

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PORTLAND, OR – History arrived at the Portland City Council on Wednesday in the form of Jo Ann Hardesty. Elected in November, Hardesty is the first woman of color to serve on the council. She is also only the third black member of the council in its history. Hardesty’s swearing in also means that for…