A four-month effort to save three trees reached a deal Friday
Called “Lorax Dave” by supporters, tree-sitter Dave Walters came down around 6 p.m. Friday after having lived in a 150-foot tall giant sequoia for more than 72 hours.
Walters and around 100 other protesters — together with a hefty sum of money — succeeded in halting the removal of the stand of three redwood trees to make way for two Everett Custom Homes on Southeast Martins Street, south of Reed College.
“It was incredibly touching and moving the way so many people came out to support this effort,” said Arthur Bradford, who lives next door to the site.
Developer Vic Remmers could not be reached for comment and the voice mailbox at Everett Custom Homes was full.
Bradford negotiated a deal to buy the property from Remmers for an undisclosed amount with help from Mayor Charlie Hales and Neighborhood Association Chairman Robert McCullough.
Bradford, who is a writer and contributor to several television shows, says his friend, South Park co-creator Matt Stone, agreed to help fund the proposal.
“He didn’t contribute all the money,” Bradford said. “He just made a contribution that made a difference.” He adds that they still need more. “The developer came down significantly on his price, but we still have to raise a lot of money to meet it.”
The group had previously raised around $550,000, including money from a different developer. They are now raising money through Friends of Trees, with a closing date of Oct. 1.
Remmers previously had required $900,000 to sell. The county tax assessor puts the two lots’ combined value at $591,000, including the house built in 1922 that was demolished. Everett Custom Homes bought the lot in April for $653,000 and split it in two.
Bradford says the current plan is to have developer Ethan Beck build a small home on the western edge of the property, with the lot containing the three trees turned into a public space of some sort.
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