Group Wants to Save Downtown's Big Trees

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

Soon these barren trees will be in full bloom and that's what the owner of River Tower in downtown Huntington looks forward to every spring. Tom Way says he loves the trees and looks at them as something positive for the environment. Way says he's invested millions of dollars into the River Tower project and the trees provide shade to the building.

The city plans to continue the Streetscape project down Third Avenue and the trees in front of River Tower are slated for removal. The renovation project on Third Avenue will be similar to the one on 9th Street...brand new sidewalks and new trees. Gary Wagoner is the City's landscape architect and says the trees have to be removed and smaller trees replanted. Wagoner says as a landscape architect, he loves trees too but it's a question of the right tree in the right place. The trees along River Tower are inappropriate.

Wagoner says the Streetscape project west of Pullman Square should be complete by the end of the year.

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