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. That 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.