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Residents on Peacock Lane start online petition over possible property changes

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House on Peacock Lane that was sold in April (KPTV) House on Peacock Lane that was sold in April (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

People who live on Portland's Peacock Lane have launched a petition, hoping the new owner of a home recently sold on the iconic street will reconsider making any changes to the property.

The Christmas lights on Peacock Lane bring out thousands of people to the southeast Portland street every December.

One of the houses on that street was sold in April. The buyer plans to split the lot, and a developer wants to build a home on the second lot.

Neighbors also are worried the original home may be torn down. They worry either of those moves will change the character of the neighborhood.

The neighbors have created a petition on change.org asking Portland's City Commissioners to review land-use policies. The petition also asks the buyers not to split the lot, and if they still split, that they make sure the house on the second lot matches the style of the other homes on Peacock Lane.

More than 1,800 people have signed the online petition.

"We don't have covenants that make us put the lights up every year. We do it because generations of people before us have done it over and over again. So that's why we keep doing it. We feel a duty to protect the character of this street. I think the developer and the buyer need to be aware of how much people care about the character of this street," said Aaron Longwell, who lives on Peacock Lane.

The developer, Vic Remmers, responded to the petition via email:

"Our Everett Custom Homes team understands the concern over the sale of this property. We are committed to working with the neighborhood to create a special home for Peacock Lane and look forward to finding a design resolution that all can agree upon."

FOX 12 reached out to the buyers for comment through their realtor. The realtor told FOX 12 they do not plan to tear down the home.

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