What’s Going on at “The Woods”?

As we reported here at Portland Preservation back in August, the owners of most of the block adjacent to The Woods music venue at 6637  SE Milwaukie Avenue, have plans for a major redevelopment that includes 21 lots and the demolition of  the existing homes at 1606 SE Claybourne and 1605 SE Glenwood.

You can download the Bureau of Development Services’ staff report on the proposed project here: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?a=359358&c=42262

While the initial redevelopment proposal outlined in the staff report did not meet BDS approval, according to PortlandMaps.com it appears that in October the project was given the go-ahead.

Now comes word that The Woods may be closing in January, unable to afford a proposed rent increase. As it just so happens, the owners of The Woods property are the same as those proposing to redevelop the adjacent block, Claybourne Commons, LLC. While it seems that the future of The Woods building may be in question, back in August, their redevelopment proposal noted that The Woods building would be saved and only houses would be demolished. This may be good news. While it is too bad to lose the houses that are perfectly habitable, it would be a huge loss for the Moreland area to lose The Woods building, a former funeral home built in 1928. While the building is a neighborhood landmark, it is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places and therefore has little protection against demolition if such action is ever proposed. Let’s all hope they don’t change their minds and decide to demolish The Woods building too.

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4 responses to “What’s Going on at “The Woods”?

  1. Mike Turner

    I wouldn’t count on The Woods being preserved.
    The team behind “Clayborne Commons, LLC” is Drew Prell and Jim Morton, who were the developers of the infamous “Sellwood Trolley Barn” subdivision.
    We know how well that eyesore development turned out.
    It’s very disappointing that the City of Portland encourages this destruction of our neighborhoods.

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  3. Lacey

    Is there anything we as a community can do to protect this beautiful historic building? The closure of The Woods saddens me deeply, but tearing the building down to build another ugly box of condos would be devastating.

    • Lacey, as of now there aren’t plans to demolish the Woods building (that we know of). There is little that could stop the developers from going that route however, since the building does not have any official historic designation. The even more frustrating (and sadly ironic) part is that historic designation requires the consent of the property owners, which means it would be virtually impossible at this point to stop a demolition if they decide to head that direction.

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