Eastmoreland neighbors fundraise for sequoias

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A concert dubbed “Save the Giants Jam” is set for Monday night, an effort by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association to raise enough money to stop giant sequoias from being cut down.

The 3 sequoias at SE 26th and Martins are eyed by developer Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes who planned to cut them down to build on the land he owns. Residents struck a last-minute deal with Remmers on June 23.

On that day, Robert McCullough, the chair of the Eastmoreland Association, said that residents agreed to pay Remmers $50,000 by June 24 to stop the removal of the trees and a total of $900,000 by July 3 to buy the two lots the trees sit on.

The $50,000 is nonrefundable, so if the residents didn’t raise $900,000 by July 3, they wouldn’t get it back.

However, that deadline was extended. The fundraiser is set for Monday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Residents say the sequoias – 14 feet around at the base — are significant to the overall appearance of the neighborhood.

In their invitation to the fundraiser, organizers said the proceeds “will go toward saving the trees and creating a public space where they can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Their GoFundMe page, seeking a total of $85,000, states they’ve raised a little more than $14,000 as of Monday. Additionally, it states they have “53 days left to reach goal!”

KOIN 6 News will have more information later.

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