Herewith is a copy of an email I am sending to my neighbor — I understand that she consulted with the ENA prior to contacting me, hence you are receiving a copy of this email. Thank You!
To: Judy Voth
cc: Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association
From: Patricia J. McIlveen
May 20, 2013
PERMISSION TO USE BACKYARD AT 7418 SE 28TH AVE. TO
ACCESS GARAGE WEST WALL
Just to clarify some of the situations involved in this issue:
The last time that the owner of the Voth property (on 29th ) asked permission to use our backyard to paint the garage, we gave our permission for the painter to have access and we discussed the fact that the back wall of the garage was such an eyesore in our back garden (upper half is siding and the lower half “ugly, “pitted” grey concrete).
We then discussed the fact that there were vines going up the wall to try and hide this wall (not planted by us, but by the former owner of 7418 SE 28th Avenue). He complained about these vines and stated that the vines were destroying the paintwork. Actually, there was paint peeling on the upper left hand corner of the wall – a place where the vines have never reached. This exact thing is occurring today in exactly the same area. Therefore,and I suggested to the owner that if he painted the entire west wall, there would be no need to have the vines. He said he would think about.
Unfortunately, their painter did use our back yard as access to paint the west wall of the garage, and in the process, his “ladder” trampled two rose bushes, which was brought to the attention of the painter. The rose bushes consequently died and we heard nothing further from him or the owners.
Furthermore, the “ugly, grey, pitted concrete wall” bottom half of the west garage wall has not received a coat of paint to this day and remains the same “eyesore” for us.
Additionally, the drain pipe for this garage ran down the west wall and went into a right angle (on the ground – of course encroaching on our property). It empties out at the back of our garage, and immediately finds its way into our garage, which was a constantly damp area. My husband finally diverted this drain into our garage gutters, to stop further damage to our garage—where it remains today.
Because of the unsatisfactory experience we encountered with the west wall of the Voth garage, we decided not to say anything else about this drain pipe and its drainage into our garage.
I will give my permission for Ms. Voth to use our backyard to access the vines going up the wall – but I will insist on being present whenever anyone comes on our property, so it will be up to Ms. Voth to advise us at the phone number before she comes on to the property,
Patricia J McIlveen
7418 SE 28th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
For Land Use-6810 SE 31st
As I write they are tearing down the Mid-Century Home on SE 31st. Could this large double lot be split for 2 houses or is 1 “Monster House” planned?
Since I designed the front yard, plants walks and walls of this residence, a house that I loved, I am quite upset. This house was also totally ADA-you could roll right up to the front door and right through it-no steps if you went up the drive.
The interior had box-beam ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and a clear-story window over the front door. It was a treasure.
I have contacted The Bee. I am thinking that this could use some press. I have many before photos of this home.
I have contacted Joanne Carlson and she will contact the appropriate Board members.