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Heritage Tree 240 University

From: Caitlin Kelley <caitlin.kelley12382_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:00:26 -0700

We support the removal of the redwood tree at 240 University Avenue.

We looked at the property to purchase and liked the proposed plan without the tree. Alternative plans with the tree didn't allow for a back yard, solar access or a workable floor plan. We had to decide against the property under the circumstances and keep looking.

After reading the Arborists letter posted on the Council's email recommending the removal of the tree and a more suitabale tree being planted in it's place I noted that the Arborist also raises the question as to the stability and health of the tree should a new house be built around it.

 If a new house is built on the lot and the tree is compromised who is responsible for any property damage or bodily injury that might occur should the tree or part of the tree fall due to a damaged root system? It seems like the City who insists on preserving the tree at any cost should bear the responsibility; especially if the City denies the homeowner the ability to protect himself from potential damage.

That tree isn't that special and the existing house isn't either. A new, updated house with beautiful new landscaping would do a lot more for the neighbohood.

Caitlin and Rob Kelley
Potential Homeowners in Menlo Park Received on Tue Oct 26 2010 - 13:00:23 PDT

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