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PORTLAND, Ore. – The city has received an application for demolition of a church in the King neighborhood of Northeast Portland, with a concurrent application received for new construction on the site.
Update: A petition to save the church has been started.
The church, located at 801 NE Failing St., was built in 1904 by Volga Germans on a 5,000-square-foot lot and was utilized as St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church until 1973, according to a detailed history by Steve Schreiber of The Volga Germans in Portland. The church building is 3,756 square feet in size.
Following a sale in 1973 the church became the Gethsemane Church of God in Christ for decades but has been vacant for several years now.
On Dec. 30 the county recorded a sale from Gethsemane Church of God to Firenze Development Inc. for a price of $382,500. Firenze Development Inc. is registered to Peter Kusyk in Wilsonville.
On March 31 the city received an application for demolition of the church at Northeast 8th Avenue and Failing Street. Because it is listed on the Historic Resources Inventory taken in 1984, the demolition would have been subject to a mandatory 120-day demolition delay.
However, on the same day the demolition application was received, Kusyk requested the property be removed from the Historic Resources Inventory list, thereby negating the requirement for the delay.
In place of the 111-year-old church Kusyk plans to build a two-story duplex with a tuck-under garage for one unit and a “parking pad” for the other.
The property is located within an R2.5 zone, meaning there can be one residential unit per 2,500 square feet of property. It is also located within an Alternative Design Density overlay zone, one of the goals of which is to “focus development on vacant sites.”
The demolition and construction permits at the church are still under review.