Olympia is removing six maple trees this week in the South Capitol neighborhood.
Located along 18th Avenue Southeast between Franklin and Adams streets, the mature trees form a canopy over the road. The trees and their roots have damaged the adjacent sidewalk and curb. The tree tops have also been heavily pruned over the years to allow power lines to pass through.
An urban forester recently completed a hazard assessment and recommended the removal of the trees to avoid any possible injuries or further damage, said city planner Leonard Bauer. The city reports that the stretch of road between Franklin and Adams will be closed during removal, and that the sidewalk will be replaced this summer. The city reports that “more appropriate” trees will be planted at the site in November.
Some residents have expressed concern in a South Capitol Neighborhood Association email chain that removing the trees will change the character of the street. A couple of nearby residents, who declined to give their names, told The Olympian that removing the trees is necessary because of their deteriorating condition, but bittersweet because they are aesthetically pleasing.
Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869