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Neighbors buy Southeast house targeted for redevelopment

A dispute over a controversial infill project in Southeast Portland has been resolved.

Neighbors have agreed to buy a house near Reed College from the developer who planned to replace it with two news homes.

The purchase price of the 1959 ranch house at 3058 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. was not immediately available.

The property had been purchased by developer Vic Remmers for the purpose of tearing down the house and building two news ones of the 13,000 square foot lot. Neighbors opposed the project, arguing that it would conflict with the existing character of the neighborhood, which is comprised mostly of large older homes on large lots.

The agreement means the City Council will not hold a hearing on an appeal of the project filed by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association on Thursday afternoon as originally scheduled.

The council may take up the association's challenge to a rezoning of the block that allowed the project later. The association believes the block was incorrectly designated as allowing homes on 5,000 square foot lots during the 1980 Comprehensive Land Use Plan update.

Association members have been unable to find any documentation that the plan intended to make that change, and are prepared to argue the council to repeal it.