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'Lot-splitting' continues to vex Eastmoreland neighbors

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Eastmoreland neighbors say theyre concerned that this home, just across the street from Reed College, will be torn down, to make way for two new houses - if the developer can push through a zoning change allowing for the lot to be split.On the heels of Eastmoreland neighbors finding that a well-kept home at 6810 SE 31st was being torn town to be replaced with two new houses, they now have learned another developer has eyes on another property.

Kimberly Koehler told THE BEE that the president of Everett Custom Homes contacted the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) Land Use Committee’s Board members. They were informed that the developer intended to demolish the mid-century ranch-style home at 3058 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, directly opposite Reed College, and replace it with two new homes.

“Everett Custom Homes has pledged to work with the ENA and incorporate developed design standards for the Eastmoreland Neighborhood,” Koehler wrote in a note to THE BEE. “Those design standards would include increasing the distance between the homes, de-emphasizing the garages, and saving as many trees as possible.”

THE BEE has not been able to confirm the sale of this home. After leaving messages, neither Coldwell-Banker listing agent Jan Martin, nor developer Everett Custom Homes president Victor Remmers, responded to our requests for interviews.

But, here’s the rub: The home sits on an approximately 13,000 square foot lot, but the developer would request a zoning change from R7 to R5, which would allow the creation two lots, 65 by 100 feet in size.

The July 18 ENA Board Meeting was well-attended; some sixty neighbors came to the meeting, held at Duniway School.

At that meeting the ENA Board agreed to “resist the Woodstock R7 to R5 zoning change”.

“The Board also decided to enlist Peter Livingston, of the neighborhood association, to draft a covenant for Eastmoreland, not to subdivide properties,” said ENA President Robert McCullough.

Further, the Board authorized $10,000 to retain attorney Ed Sullivan as ENA’s Land Use Legal Counsel. “And, we funded the printing of additional lawn signs,” McCullough added.

“The ‘theory of housing infill’ is a mistake,” McCullough told THE BEE after the meeting. “It’s a mistake to say that we’re experiencing rapid population growth; and that it is based on Portland experiencing a high level of outside migration. The fact is, most of Southeast Portland has seen a declining population,” he suggested.