Plans proposed for 1212 S. 2nd St. call for a three-story trinity home to be built on a small, 14 ft. x 20 ft., lot in Pennsport. In order for that plan to become a reality, it “would force cutting almost half the branches [of an 80-year-old-tree].”
Nearby residents have started a petition to block this development for the sake of saving the tree. According to those who started this campaign to keep this tree thriving, an arborist has assessed that if that many of the large branches will be removed, the shock could kill the tree, or it could otherwise become unbalanced and fall.
The developer is hoping to build a small trinity that requires a zoning variance due to the lack of open space. As the petition says, “the zoning rules states a minimum of 1,440 sq. ft and this lot size is under 285 sq. ft.” A large portion of the tree hangs directly into the proposed lot. According to the petitions, the property owner has already stated the intent to cut the branches that fall on his side of the property.
There’s a website started for the campaign with images of the tree and plenty more information about why many residents would like for the tree to remain. If you’re interested in signing the petition, you can visit Change.org. As of the time of publication, 133 people have signed up in support of the Save Old 2St Tree cause.