PORTLAND -- A new fight is building over an old Portland home. The Markham home has been standing at the gateway to the Laurelhurst Neighborhood for more than a century. Now a developer has control of its future.

On Thursday, crews were dumping everything they could find left inside the Markham home. The previous owners had big plans for the historic house but they didn't work out.

The home at Northeast 32nd Avenue and Glisan Street is in bad shape and the new owner, developer Peter Kusyk, doesn't want to sink money into what many people consider a historic property.

Some neighbors want to see the house saved.

Jennnifer Moffat is one of them. She lives right next door.

It s been right here at the gates of Laurelhurst and welcomed people into this neighborhood so we think it s important to restore and renovate it and keep it, Moffat said.

But Kusyk said it doesn't pay to save the home.

And some neighbors agree.

I think that it will probably be a good idea, said another neighbor. It s been here a long time and hasn t been loved in a long long time. It s been an eyesore on this corner.

An online campaign is now underway. There are already more than 500 people who have signed on to oppose the tearing down of the Markham home.

Kusyk said the house won t be torn down right away. He wants to hear more about neighbor concerns. He also said he ll entertain offers from anyone wanting to pour their heart, soul and cash into the house.

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