The contested Historic District application for part of Eastmoreland is nearing submission -- here's the latest

DAVID F. ASHTON - This issue has been contentious for half a decade now.The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) intends to resubmit the nomination for the proposed Eastmoreland National Register Historic District to the federal National Park Service (NPS), with a request to list it in the National Register of Historic Places, in June 2022.

That's the word THE BEE received from Ian P. Johnson, Associate Deputy State Oregon Historic Preservation Officer on April 14, as the years-long, deeply-contested, and surprisingly-tortuous process continues.

"Our office is in the process of contacting the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association – and those opposed to the application – letting all know that the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District nomination is being resubmitting to the NPS for consideration," Johnson said.

"The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation adopted most recent rule revision at their April 13 meeting, and it will be filed with Secretary of State shortly, becoming effective once that is done, and being posted on May 1." Johnson revealed to THE BEE. It's Item 9b of a document found online at --

The NPS will consider the nomination for up to 45 calendar days before making a final decision; SHPO is currently accepting public comments.

Original statements of objection must be mailed to Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, EASTMORELAND HISTORIC DISTRICT, 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Owners who previously submitted a statement of objection do NOT need to resubmit their form, unless contacted by the SHPO.

More information about the nomination process and how this may affect property owners, a copy of the nomination, and forms for property owners to object to the nomination, are available at –

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