The removals have been cancelled pending a deal between the developer and neighbors
Elishah Oesch and KOIN 6 News Staff Published: June 23, 2015, 6:47 am Updated: June 23, 2015, 12:17 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Residents of Eastmoreland have agreed to pay a developer to stop him from tearing down giant sequoia trees.
The developer, Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes, had planned to tear down the trees on Tuesday morning in order to build a development on the land, but residents managed to strike a last-minute deal with him.
Eastmoreland SequoiasRobert Mccullough, the chair of the Eastmoreland Association, said that residents agreed to pay Remmers $50,000 by Wednesday to stop the removal of the trees and $900,000 by July 3 to buy the two lots the trees sit on.
The $50,000 is nonrefundable, so if the residents don’t raise $900,000 by July 3, they won’t get it back.
Residents say that the sequoias – 14 feet around at the base — are significant to the overall appearance of the neighborhood.