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Formerly the home of Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth, the Portland Land Matters blog explores citywide land-use concerns, such as home demolitions, with the belief that development should create an improvement.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Beaumont Village Apartments: Built too big to comply?

Tomorrow we head to Salem for our second hearing in front of the state Land Use Board of Appeals. 

After our success winning a remand there in December, we're going back because the city and developer Wally Remmers were unable or at least unwilling to satisfy that ruling. It feels funny to go argue in front of the officers of that august board whether they meant what they said, but that's where we are. And it's worth it if we have a chance at reducing the size and impacts of the Beaumont Village Apartments project on Northeast Fremont between 44th and 45th avenues. We also aim to bring the building into conformance with code; neighbors—and any other users of Fremont for that matter—should not have to bear a burden in excess of what the law allows.

As the Buddha said, There are only two mistakes one can make on the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.