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Readers opine about the fate of the Fields Bridge farmhouse

A recent story by reporter Patrick Malee on the West Linn’s plan to raze the historic Field’s Bridge farmhouse on SW Borland Road this month (“Preservation or demolition,” March 27) prompted many readers to share their opinions about the fate of the property on the Tiding’s Facebook page.

Check out a sampling of comments below. Better yet, head over to facebook.com/westlinntidings and join the conversation.

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“It is sadly well beyond repair. I walk or run by it occasionally, so have seen it in the past few weeks up close. It would be a total tear down/rebuild. It is in the flood plain. Permits would be unobtainable. Expand the community garden.”

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“Let it go.”

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“I love this house. I knew this day would come and have dreaded it. I’ll be so sad to see her go. I personally think it should be restored and opened up to hold certain West Linn community events the city puts on. I almost killed myself here last summer, though. I climbed the tree next to the house to get to the tree house that used to be there and the step cracked. I fell far and landed on my back knocking all the wind out of me. I missed hitting my head in a sharp rock by a few inches and impaling myself with a long rusty nail that was underneath me but I barely missed. True story.”

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“Tear it down and extend the park by creating greater access to the river. Similar to the set up on the other side of the park.”

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“I agree tear it down and make more water access to the river, maybe a place to put small rafts/kayaks in.”

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“In all the time I have lived here I’ve seen this house flooded and left to rot. I think it would be a waste of tax payer money to preserve it at this point.”

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“It should be saved, but perhaps they can move it to allow for more park space.”

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“Time to say goodbye!”

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“I love conservation, but it’s been rotting for 18 years?”

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“I love this old house, I had a good friend in high school that lived there; it had lots of charm. Take a long look at this photo, there is nothing there to reuse. Water damage is not forgiving. It would be a rebuild not a restoration and would cost double of whatever the bid would be. Sadly it’s time.”

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“The house is shot. Do a learn to burn with the Fire Dept.”




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