Greenwich Tree warden Steve Gospodinoff on Wednesday announced his decision on the fate of a mature London Plane tree (similar to a Sycamore) located on Town property in front of 62 Mason Street where developer Albert Orlando is developing a 7-unit apartment building with a 22-ft wide driveway to underground parking.
A letter of objection was submitted to the Town, triggering a public hearing which Gospodinoff held last week.
The hearing was attended by a half dozen people who opposed the removal of the tree, including Peter and Isabel Malkin, JoAnn Messina and Francia Alvarez of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy and Susie Baker of the Conservation Commission.
Gospodinoff’s decision is to allow the removal of the tree, which will be removed by the developer at his own expense.
A condition of the permission is that, “The property owner Alberto Orlando/Battle Hill Corp shall plant five 3” DBH (diameter at breast height) shade trees in areas approved by the Tree Warden along Mason street before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.”
According to the Tree Warden’s decision, the planting shall occur in the spring of 2020.
Additionally, the decision letter specifies that the landowner will take all of the reasonable provisions to protect the Magnolia tree located in front of the property during construction.
The development at 62 Mason Street is on the agenda of the P&Z meeting Wednesday night, Sept 4.