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June 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Will Google exec raze 122-year-old Portland house?

A screenshot of the house listing on Redfin.com.

A screenshot of the house listing on Redfin.com.

Wednesday update: Demolition of the home was averted late Tuesday when Rose agreed to sell the home to neighbors.

Original story from Tuesday:

The comments are rolling in hot and heavy today on an Oregonian story about a neighborhood protest against plans to demolish a house in Portland’s Willamette Heights.

The Oregonian’s Steve Duin has been reporting on the controversy after Google executive Kevin Rose bought the property with the intention of replacing it with a 5,900-square-foot ‘retreat.’

Since Rose — the founder of Digg.com and a partner at Google Ventures — and his wife, Darya, bought the house, built in 1892, for $1.3 million in March, neighbors have fought a pitched battle to preserve one of the oldest homes on the hillside. ┬áThat effort included an online petition campaign that had gathered more than 2,500 signatures by Monday night.

But today it appears a fence is going up and the demolition is on track. Keep checking the Oregonian for updates.

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