Not a shocker? Another delay in this very-slow-moving story. The outcome could possibly come this year...

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the 2016 Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade six years ago, quite a few people had apparently only just then become aware of the Eastmoreland Historic District proposal.Starting in 2012, fully ten years ago, the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and some of its residents started working to designate a large portion of the neighborhood as a federally-recognized "Historic District".

For a brief history of this project, see the February, 2022 issue of THE BEE. It's online at —

In April, it looked as if the Eastmoreland Historic District proposal would be resubmitted soon; but once again, the lengthy process has bogged down.

"The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will delay sending the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District nomination to the National Park Service at least 30 to 60 days, to verify trust ownership information identified in the Multnomah County Tax records as part of the 'examination' process described in the state National Register program rule," is how SHPO Associate Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Ian P. Johnson explained the delay to THE BEE in July.

"In the last several weeks, many questions were raised about counting revocable and irrevocable trusts as owners," Johnson continued. "After examining the Multnomah County Tax records, the SHPO found that further investigation is necessary to determine how each trust meets the definition of "owner" in the state National Register program rule.

"The delay allows our office to identify and contact each trust for additional information and provide each trust a sufficient amount of time to respond," Johnson clarified.

"We will provide a more complete timeline in the near future," he said.

So, on we move, into the second decade of this seemingly eternal news story…

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