Press release issued on 9/16/13:
On Friday, September 13, 2013, Portland Parks & Recreation, Roy and Kim Fox, and the Boise and Humboldt Neighborhood Associations entered into an agreement to save the historic Rayworth House while also protecting street trees. The agreement formalizes a modified move route for the house, and a commitment to assess the actual (rather than estimated) impacts to trees when the move of the house is completed, now limited to $10,000. The date for the move has yet to be finalized but is expected to occur in the next week.
For the past ten days, City staff in Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz's office have worked diligently to locate a revised moving route which will have much less impact to trees. The moving permit, to be finalized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation later this week, reduces significant damage from up to 16 trees on the original route, to nine or fewer with the route revisions identified by City staff. The initial estimate for mitigation costs on the original route was over $50,000.
The City has estimated the cost of tree impacts along the revised route for moving the Rayworth House at $30,000, but has offered to limit the maximum mitigation fee to $10,000 even if more compensation would be required when trees are damaged or removed as the house moves. The adjacent Neighborhood Associations will be partnering to facilitate planting of more street trees, reducing the long-term impact of trees removed or pruned by the move.
"Our community's values include both historic preservation and protection of neighbors' interests along the moving route," said Commissioner Fritz. "Safeguarding and caring for trees is a core component of Portland Parks & Recreation's mission, managed by our Urban Forestry department. Street trees are an important public resource for everyone in Portland, providing shade and wildlife habitat, filtering rainwater and cooling our City, while enhancing livability and property values for adjacent neighbors. I'm glad we are able to protect more trees, save this historic house, and be responsive to the desires of the neighbors and historic preservation advocates. I also appreciate Commissioner Novick's role with the Portland Bureau of Transportation in approving the permit for the move, and his recognition of the range of public values involved."
All parties extend their thanks to property developer Andre Koshuba, who has graciously postponed the home's previously planned demolition several times. The home is believed to have been built in 1890 by Edwin Rayworth.