Neighbors dismayed as trees removed from Plano street



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Posted on August 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 5:47 PM

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PLANO — In more than 20 years of living on Baffin Bay Drive, Sandy Horsely has seen lots of things from her front step.

But she was appalled as she watched workers remove dozens of trees lining her street.

"It's awful. It's awful. It would be one thing if a hurricane came through and knocked them down. Difficult to watch," she said. "Just to hear the noise of them coming down is jarring, really."

Last September, the City of Plano approved the tree removal as part of a plan to redevelop part of Haggard Farm, a historic and beloved oasis of tranquility in the heart of Plano.

Plans called for widening the street. But at a series of hearings, the city determined the trees were in poor condition and would not survive the construction.

So now they're coming down.

The developer will replace them with more, but smaller trees.

"You can tell it's hurting a lot of people," said resident Camille Krug. "It's really hard to believe it's being done intentionally... it's really hard."

The city said it reviewed a plan to put the trees into a median and widen the street around them. But the city arborist determined the trees were just not healthy enough to survive that.