Unreinforced masonry update



Unreinforced masonry update

For more than a year, the Alliance has been closely monitoring the city’s process to develop a mandate to retrofit unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. In June, the Alliance largely supported a resolution passed by city council that outlined the various class requirements and retrofit timelines.
For more than a year, the Alliance has been closely monitoring the city’s process to develop a mandate to retrofit unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. In June, the Alliance largely supported a resolution passed by city council that outlined the various class requirements and retrofit timelines.
 
Portland City Council will consider an additional resolution Oct. 3 that will codify the details and timeline of a proposed placarding requirement. We remain seriously concerned that this requirement will force buildings to post a placard before any clear upgrade requirement or financial incentives are in place, which is directly at odds with the city’s URM stakeholder advisory committee recommendation of voluntary placarding for compliance.

The Alliance sent a letter to Mayor Wheeler conveying these concerns, urging the city to establish an appeals process, for the city to continue to gather community input and monitor business impacts should a placarding requirement be adopted.