Residents are protesting the city's plan to cut down trees along Cherrylawn Drive in south Toledo. They plan on voicing their concerns at a city meeting Wednesday night.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The fight continues over trees and sidewalks along a Toledo street that is part of a major road reconstruction project. On Wednesday night, some residents plan on voicing their concerns at a city meeting.
A large group of property owners in the Crossgates subdivision of south Toledo will protest two parts of the city's plan to repave Cherrylawn Drive running from Glendale Avenue to Heatherdowns Boulevard because more than 100 trees will be cut down for it. Many neighbors believe the trees near the curb should stay, while the city's top engineer says they have no choice but to cut them down.
The plan calls for building a new road from the ground up along Cherrylawn. According to Toledo's commissioner of engineering services, the trees are too close to the curb and would unlikely survive.
"We're going to go 15 inches beyond the curb and then 30 inches deep to put in an under-drain system so the road drains properly, so we can make sure we put in a road that's going to last for a long time and not have problems with water," explained Robin Whitney.
Bill Coine, a member of the neighborhood coalition, wants the city to leave the trees alone.
"If the trees die, go ahead and cut them down, but why just go down and wholesale cut down 120 trees? It doesn't make sense," said Coine.
Whitney says the decision to cut down the trees is not a decision being made lightly.
"First we're going to cut the root system in the process of doing the construction. Then we're going to put in a drainage system that's going to inhibit the normal water these trees that have been here for years are used to," said Whitney.
While the "save the trees" neighbors are hoping to force a council hearing on the matter, they are also hoping the city reconsiders putting in sidewalks as part of this project.
"The setback for the house is 30 feet - 30 feet for the houses. They're coming 14 feet into our yard. That's virtually right down the middle of our front yard. We don't want it," said Coine.
According to Whitney, the city could begin work on Cherrylawn before the end of the month.
A meeting to discuss the project will be held at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library on Glanzman Road beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.