As has been noted throughout discussion of the project beginning back in 2014, tree replacement is a part of the Clayton Street Improvement project.
Many of the trees that are planted now were not designed for an urban environment and were not suited for confined urban spaces. The planters that encase them and the soil used is not as well-designed for this environment as today’s planters and soil.
Many of these trees are also nearing the end of their lifecycle and are not only in decline, but they have grown throughout the downtown infrastructure, causing serious issues with sidewalks, utilities, streets, and even buildings.
Some have already been removed over the years due to safety concerns. It is impossible to replace and improve the underground infrastructure and streetscape without seriously damaging or killing the existing trees.
The current trees in this area will be removed only as needed when construction impacts each one. Some will be removed in the next week, others in the next few weeks and months, while others may remain in place for a year or more if not affected.
Trees better suited to an urban environment will be planted in spaces that are better designed to handle their root systems. These new trees should last for decades, if not longer, without causing the problems of these older ones.