Leave it to Mrs. Giorni to be a day or two ahead of me. I stopped to take the photo of the proposed condos on El Camino a couple of days ago, but she has saved me the write-up which I will paste here from her comment on the Historic Eucalyptus Grove post. Thanks, Pat, you are a gem.There is a proposed condominium project going through the Planning Commission right now that involves the removal of the grove of protected trees on 1509 El Camino Real. You all know the location, at Adeline and ECR. The project is in early stages so now is the time to rally opposition to the grove's removal and stop the already approved but not yet issued permit to cut these trees.
Believe me, you are going to miss them when they're gone. Their absence will create a noticable hole in our Tunnel of Trees, replaced with an imposing building along that entire frontage. There are story poles now, at the back of the property to indicate the proposed height of the structure. What those story poles do not demonstrate is what the property will look like without those trees because the poles do not extend along the sides or front. Drive or walk by the site and imagine NO TREES softening the structure.
What is equally disturbing will be the precedent set if the City allows the removal of this old growth that sits less than 50 feet from our Historically recognized Eucs. How does the City continue to maintain a strong defense against Caltrans if it cavalierely allows commercial development to trump aesthetics and environmental concerns?
Stopping the removal of this many trees have to at least start as a neighborhood effort. Impactful things spread from that seed--pun intended. Here are two photos that together tell the story.
Update: I've received a copy of a flyer offline that suggests
If you oppose this proposed 4-Story Project, please write our Planning Commissioners before Feb
21, 2013 to voice your opinion and be sure to sign our petitions circulating the neighborhood!
It also came with a much better photo of the trees in question including the Bunya Pine that is not really a pine at all