The City of Portland is projecting that 2015 will mark a record year for residential demolitions, with approximately 400 homes expected to be demolished by year’s end. While new code requirements provide for a delay and notification period before a demolition takes place, the trend for more and larger housing units continues to increase pressure on older houses. As reported last year, significant numbers of demolitions are also occurring in Corvallis, Eugene, Lake Oswego, and other Willamette Valley cities, however data is not as readily available for those communities.
Since April 27, Restore Oregon has received formal notice of every residential demolition permit applied for in the City of Portland. On average, a house a day is being demolished. The map below shows the locations of demolitions and relevant information about the house that was lost.
Using data compiled from the demolition applications, PortlandMaps, and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the 172 demolitions that occurred from April 27 to October 5 had the following average characteristics:
- Built in 1930
- 1,340 square feet in size
- Generated 58,558 pounds of landfill waste upon demolition (not including recycled materials
Assuming that 400 houses are indeed demolished in Portland this year, it will mean that 23 million pounds of waste will end up in Oregon’s landfills. That’s the equivalent of sending 2.5 billion pieces of paper to the landfill!
Restore Oregon will continue to track demolition applications on a daily basis, updating this page as appropriate.
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