LA CRESCENTA — Residents have mobilized to save a 100-year-old tree along Foothill Boulevard that they say could be irreparably harmed by a planned mixed-use office building.
Several dozen residents gathered Tuesday evening in front of the massive Moreton Bay Fig tree in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard to protest a planned three-story retail and office building on the adjacent vacant lot.
Residents say they are concerned that the excavation will result in extensive damage to the tree's root systems, in addition to the many branches that will have to be cut. When a previous development was planned for the site, an arborist warned that damage to the roots could kill the tree, stakeholders said.
While many involved said they are also opposed to the project because of its size, the potential loss of the historic tree has become the flashpoint.
"It's heartache when you are seeing parts of your history being destroyed," said Lisa Jenks, a lifelong Crescenta Valley resident who brought her children to the protest.