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Hutchins Street closed for next 3 months due to palm tree removal

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Fri Jul 13, 2012.

Hutchins Street will be closed for the rest of July, August and September between Lodi Avenue and Pine Street to allow construction workers to widen the street.

The closure is part of a $1 million plan that includes new asphalt concrete pavement, new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and pedestrian safety features.

As part of the plan, the city will be removing seven date palms and one small fan palm.

Lodi resident Abby Racco had attempted to find homes for them over the last two weeks, even putting ads on Craigslist.

She found several contractors willing to do the work, but it would cost $4,000 to $10,000 per tree to remove and transplant them because of their height. About 17 people offered to take the trees, but none of them could afford the costs, Racco said.

Public Works Director Wally Sandelin said the city has spent weeks trying to place the trees, offering them for free, but have had no success.

"None of those contacts have come close to somebody expressing an interest to pay somewhere between $4,000 or $8,000 to move a single tree," Sandelin said.

Some of the people who inspected the trees also said not all of them were healthy, Sandelin said.

Racco suggested everyone get involved with tree planting or preservation organizations like the Arbor Day Foundation or the local Tree Lodi to help ensure trees will continue to be an important part of Lodi. She suggested that concerned residents make a donation to Tree Lodi "in memory of the palms."

For more information on Tree Lodi, go to www.treelodi.org.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:16 am on Sat, Jul 14, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Mr Quinn stated...I hope the large palm on the NW corner of Hutchins & Oak is being taken out. It blocks a drivers view ...

    For people's sake I hope so as well, but rumor has it that a rare 5 legged spotted thorncrest beetle bug was seen on that particular tree. I'm sure the government has agents parked under the tree 24/7 to prevent any disturbance to this creature's home. Time will tell.

  • John Quinn posted at 4:24 pm on Fri, Jul 13, 2012.

    John Quinn Posts: 3

    I hope the large palm on the NW corner of Hutchins & Oak is being taken out. It blocks a drivers view of south bound drivers on Hutchins when driving eastbound on Oak towards downtown. Dangerous intersection.



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