Residential deconstruction program headed to City Council

An Eastmoreland home on Rural Street was demolished to make way for a new house. Portland neighborhood leaders want the city to tighten rules governing residential demolition and infill projects.

The City Council will consider creating a pilot program to encourage more contractors to deconstruct homes targeted for redevelopment on Wednesday.

The resolution submitted by Mayor Charlie Hales is partly a response to concerns raised by neighborhood activists that hazardous materials like asbestos and lead-based paint chips are released into the air during the mechanical demolition of homes.