Yet another perfectly good home in Eliot Neighborhood now sits in rubble after it was demolished yesterday. The 125 year old home at 623 NE Thompson was ripped down, forever erasing it from the neighborhood.
One could argue the history of the home is not lost, but without the landmark to go with it the history is just not the same. This is another example of a home that could have been given a little TLC and made into a great starter home for a new family. Instead it will end up in the landfill with the rest of our garbage.
Unfortunately the house next to it at 633 NE Thompson on the corner of 7th is next and will likely be demolished later this week. It’s especially painful because the 2 houses were on 3 good sized lots. There was plenty of space to build 3 – 4 new “skinny” houses and keep the historic homes. Doing so would have met the objective of increasing housing AND protecting historic resources. Instead they will each be replaced by a 4 unit condo building (for a total of 8 units).