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Neighbors seek more donations to save Markham House

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Residents of the Laurelhurst neighborhood and preservationists are rallying to save the historic Markham House.Laurelhurst neighbors are scrambling to raise $12,500 by Thursday afternoon to save the historic Markham House.

According to nearby resident Jennifer Moffatt, the need that much in earnest money to delay the demolition of the house at 3206 Northeast Glisan Street until Oct. 6, when another $12,500 is due. Then they will need another $62,500 by Oct, 22 to allow renovator John McCulloch to buy it from Peter Kusyk, a developer who plans to build two houses on the site.

Moffatt calls the task daunting but is hopeful the money can be raised and the house can be saved. She says Kusyk has agreed to drop his asking price from $700,000 to $675,000 as part of the ongoing negotiations.

The Markham House is just one of several historic properties that neighbors have worked to preserve in recent months as demolition and in-fill redevelopment project are increasing because of the improving economy.

Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/e4vsjk