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Deconstruction begins on Mapleton Drive homes

LOT says dismantling not related to ongoing land-use case


Deconstruction begins on Mapleton Drive homes

Construction workers were set this week to begin deconstructing two houses on Mapleton Drive in West Linn, where the cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard hope to expand a water treatment plant.

The two houses are the only residences remaining on four parcels Lake Oswego owns on Mapleton Drive, in the Robinwood neighborhood. Lake Oswego has operated a water plant on adjacent property for decades. According to the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership, the homes are dilapidated and are no longer suitable for anyone to live there.

Officials said the decision to dismantle the houses is unrelated to ongoing efforts to remove restrictive covenants that prohibit using these properties for anything but residential purposes.

The water partnership opted for deconstruction because it allows materials to be salvaged or recycled, making it a more environmentally friendly option than demolition. While demolition typically results in sending materials to a landfill, deconstruction involves disassembling the structure and recycling or reusing about 90 percent of materials like fixtures, lumber and windows, according to the water partnership.

Crews are expected to obtain any necessary permits, including for erosion control and demolition, before the work can begin. Portland-based Tracy Terry Construction has been hired for the job, and deconstruction should be finished by mid-April.

Until then, area residents will likely hear construction noise from trucks, drills, hammers and saws. A jackhammer might be used to break up concrete slabs.

West Linn allows construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, but actual construction hours will depend on daylight, temperature and scheduling issues, according to the water partnership.



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