city offers fixes to demolition regs

The city’s proposed changes to building demolition rules don’t go far enough, said neighborhood activist Bill Higgins.

The proposal requires an additional waiting period for homes that have been on the historical register, but doesn’t require that houses to be demolished take precautions against the dangers associated with lead paint or asbestos.

“When a house comes down,” Higgins said, “dust flies all over the neighborhood. All over gardens, pets, yards and people. Many developers take reasonable precautions, but many don’t.”

A meeting to discuss the new regulations is being held at City Council on May 2nd. Comments can be submitted here, and Village Portland is hosting a rally before the hearing. The Facebook invitation is here.

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