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Council to consider demolishing Washington Park reservoirs


The City Council will considering demolishing the two open reservoirs and a support building in Washington Park on Thursday, even though they are historic landmarks.

The council has approved replacing the two open reservoirs in Washington Park and three others in Mt. Tabor with underground storage tanks to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules. Land use findings released Tuesday would authorize the demolition of the Washington Park reservoirs and the Weir Building.

Among other things, the findings say an ongoing landslide in Washington Park has compromised the structural integrity of the reservoirs since before they were completed.

The findings can be read here.

The council is also scheduled to consider the future of the Mt. Tabor reservoirs at Thursday's hearing, which begins at 2:00 p.m. The Water Bureau has requested a land use permit to disconnect the Mt. Tabor reservoirs from the rest of the water distribution system.

Community activists oppose disconnecting and demolishing the reservoirs. A previous Portland Tribune story on the issue can be read at portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/264507-137035-council-to-decide-fate-of-mount-tabor-reservoirs-on-thursday.