By Susan Lindsay
The upcoming February 7 meeting of the Buckman Community Association will give the community a chance to discuss the potential merits as well as shortcomings of a Buckman National Historic District. This proposed district would affect an area bounded by SE Ankeny to the north, Morrison to the south, and 12th to 20th Avenues east-west and comes to fruition after years of efforts by a group of Buckman neighbors and activists who care deeply about our neighborhood and its unique historic character and have concerns about infill development and potential demolitions.
At the same time, there are neighbors who also love and care about Buckman, who have concerns about the proposal and oppose it due to development fees and potential restrictions. Whether you support or oppose the proposal, we invite you to become part of the discussion and learning process that surrounds it.
On February 7, the Buckman Historic Association, the group who proposed the district, have requested time on the agenda. They will have experts on-hand from the state and city to answer questions and concerns about the proposal. We have invited neighbors from existing historic districts in Ladd’s Addition and Irvington to help inform and answer questions you might have about the proposal. BCA has not taken a formal position on the proposal as we wish to facilitate the discussion of all points of view. Please join us at 7pm at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. We have set aside the entire meeting for this discussion, and we welcome your participation and input. We hope to see you there, and of course, we will have refreshments!