Neighbors say Markham House saved
Neighbors fight to save the historic Markham House say they have raised enough money to prevent it from being demolished.
Those trying to prevent the preserve the house at 3206 N.E. Glisan say they have raised about $35,000, which is enough to closed the gap between the purchase price and what a renovator was willing to pay for it.
The house had been bought by developer Peter Kusyk, who planned to tear it down and build two new houses at the location. He originally agreed to sell it for $700,000. Renovator John McCulloch offered to buy it, but said the project was only feasible if the cost was $600,000. Kusyk dropped the price to $635,000 and neighbors say they have now raised the difference.
The fundraising drive happened as neighborhood activists from around the city are drafting a proposal to be submitted to the City Council to slow the pace of residential demolition and infill projects. Neighbors have rallied to buy several historic homes from developers in recent months, but many more have been torn down to make way for newer ones. Such projects are increasing as the economy recovers.
Additional information is available on the Save the Markham Home Facebook community page www.facebook.com/savemarkhamhome. The groups change.org petition has nearly 3,100 signers.
Neighbors have already raised $20,000 and Kusyk has dropped has asking price to $635,000 to help the sale.
A tour of the house with McCulloch is also set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.