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Two demolition-related events set for Tuesday

Update: Neighbors rally to save historic house

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JON HOUSE - Home demolitions and infill projects will be discussed at two events set for the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 9.Residents in the Laurelhurt neighborhood are trying to raise $100,000 to save a historic house from demolition.

The Markham House at 3206 N.E. Glisan. It has been bought by a developer who plans to tear to down and build two replacement homes. He has agreed to sell it for $700,000, however. A renovation contractor has offered $600,000 and neighbors are now trying to raise the remaining $100,000.

To contribute, write a check payable to McCulloch Construction, and include in the memo line “Save Markham Home.” Checks should be mailed to: Save the Markham Home, 3226 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97232.

Please be sure your return address and email is in included so we can communicate with you and let you know when our goal is reached.

Neighbors have also opened an online GoFundMe account for people wanting to donate online. For the convenience of the online account, there are fees that GoFundMe takes from the donation that the neighbors won't be able to give back, but they say it is this is a very easy way to donate.

The account can be found at www.gofundme.com/e4vsjk.

The fundraising is happening on the eve of two Tuesday, Sept. 9, events related to the demolition issue.

The two events are happening as neighbors in the Laurelhurst neighborhood are trying to save the historic

One is a meeting organized by neighborhood activists who want to slow the pace of such projects, which are increasing as the economy improves. It is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at Grant Park Church, 2728 N.E. 34th Ave.

The meeting was organized by residents in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood of Northeast Portland, where many of the projects have occurred. It is supported by residents of the Eastmoreland neighbors, where several are currently underway.

According to the agenda, the goal is to discuss strategies, share ideas, and reach consensus on common proposals for the purpose of drafting a building code reform proposal to present to the City Council. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The other is a presentation organized by the Architectural Heritage Center to discuss how the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update addresses historic preservation. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the AHC, 701 S.E. Grand Ave. Admission is $8 and seating is limited.

The AHC presentation will feature a panel that includes employees of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability who help draft the proposed update, which is intended to guide growth in Portland over the next 20 years. The discussion will be moderated by Bosco-Milligan Foundation Vice-President Steve Dotterrer.