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Plans underway for old mill deconstruction in NW Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Portland Development Commission is in the first step of trying to remove an old mill in Northwest Portland.

The Centennial Mills is made up of 11 buildings. The first one was built in the early 1900s.

Old age has caught up with the building causing it to fall apart and that has the city concerned.

For the last eight months the buildings have been slowly crumbling.

Giant holes have opened up in the roof letting the rain pour in and some areas of the building are unsafe to walk in.

The Portland Development Commission, which owns the property, wants to start removing the old mill, but it wants to do it in a way that could preserve some of the old material.

The commission is trying to get approval for an expedited plan of selective demolition, which would mean part of the building would be deconstructed instead of destroyed.

One the major concerns for the city is that a section of the building sits on pilings over the Willamette River and those pilings are so old they're no longer holding the building up.

“As those wharf pilings continue to deteriorate it's pulling the building with it. Then you add the rain and these conditions combined with the age of the buildings to create conditions we're seeing, which is really accelerating this deterioration,” said Shawn Uhlman, with the Portland Development Commission.

If the PDC approves the expedited plan, deconstruction of the old mill could start as early as March of next year.

The deconstruction could take six to eight months to get the whole thing removed.

Once all of the buildings are taken apart, the city could start making plans on what to do with the property.

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