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Oregon SHPO Resubmitts Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the National Park Service - 09/30/22

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Resubmitted Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the Federal National Park Service

SALEM, Ore., Friday, September 30, 2022

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) resubmitted the nomination for the proposed Eastmoreland National Register Historic District to the federal National Park Service (NPS) with a recommendation to list it in the National Register of Historic Places. The SHPO determined that the majority of property owners support the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District.

The nomination document and all materials submitted to the National Park Service are online at https://bit.ly/eastmorelandhd.

The NPS will make the final decision about listing the district. The SHPO requested that the NPS provide a 45-calendar day public comment period, but the NPS may review and sign the document immediately upon receipt or may choose to allow additional time for further consideration.

The State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation (SACHP), a governor-appointed volunteer commission of people with interest and skill in Oregon history, first reviewed and recommended approval of the nomination in February 2017. The SHPO submitted the nomination three times (May 2017, April 2018, May 2019) to the NPS, but the federal agency returned the nomination each time over issues related to counting owners and objections.

The public comment period remains open until the NPS makes a final decision, and until then, additional comments may be mailed to the SHPO at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, EASTMORELAND HISTORIC DISTRICT, 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301 or provided by email at ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oprd.oregon.gov.

The proposed Eastmoreland Historic District is located in Portland, Multnomah County. It encompasses approximately 475 acres and is generally bounded SE Woodstock Blvd on the north; SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and SE 36th Ave on the east; Berkeley Park and SE Crystal Springs Blvd on south; and SE 27th and 28th Ave on the west. The Eastmoreland Historic District is considered significant for its relationship to community planning and development trends in Portland in the early-twentieth century, most notably for its reflection of City Beautiful planning principles, and for its eclectic yet cohesive mix of early twentieth century architectural

styles.

Properties listed in the National Register are:

  • Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
  • Considered in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects;
  • Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
  • Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available; and
  • Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements.

State law in Oregon requires local governments to offer a minimal level of protection for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the decisions about how to accomplish that goal reside with local governments, which also have the authority to create and regulate local historic districts and landmarks. 

For questions about City of Portland Land-Use Regulations, please contact:

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, City Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 
(503) 823-4641
Brandon.Spencer@portlandoregon.org

 

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