A historian turned developer

Art DeMuro, a Portland developer and preservationist, whose firm redeveloped the White Stag Block in Old Town and a number of other historical properties, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 57.

School’s Out — housing may be in

Portland Public Schools selected Venerable Group, Inc. to redevelop long-vacate Washington High School in Southeast Portland. Venerable offered a number of options for use with a focus on housing mixed with business space. Negotiations are suppose to start in March and any agreement will be subject to Board of Education review and approval.