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Thousands spent, months of planning may not save historic house

By Thursday morning, the house was lifted off of its foundation and readied for the move.

Then everything fell apart.

Thursday afternoon, Brady from Emmert got a call from the city’s transportation bureau saying their permit had been rescinded.

“It seemed that someone in the forestry department was concerned they didn’t have enough time to evaluate the route and felt that too many trees going to be affected,” Fox says.

“What I don’t understand is why they waited so long. They have had the information. They approved the permits. And now at the 11th hour they are killing the project.”

Fox says the developer has been very patient with them, granting them extension after extension as they went through all the necessary permits and processes to get permission to move the house.

“I don’t know that he’s going to give us any more time,” she says. “Monday’s really the day. And if we don’t get it moved over the weekend, I am afraid it will be demolished.”

What has Fox particularly concerned is the possibility is that the city is going to make them come up with yet another route.

“Right now everyone is on board except for the one person,” she says. “If we can’t get it done now I just fear it will never happen. I am worried the clock has run out.”

Fox says it’s more than just the financial loss – though that will be substantial; she estimates they have spent between $60,000 and $75,000 on the project – it’s an emotional one.

“It’s a real shame that Portland doesn’t do more to preserve the old housing stock,” she says. “So much of it is in really good shape. It’s stuff that gives so many neighborhoods their character.

“To lose this house now, at the last minute, is like having a family member shot in front of you. The city did it and it didn’t have to happen.”

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