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Erie Street to get Tree Makeover Starting Monday

27 trees total will be added to downtown Kent as part of the city's redevelopment project

Erie Street is going to look a lot different starting Monday.

The city will start planting trees on the newly repaved and reconstructed road in the heart of the city's redevelopment.

Kent Arborist Gerald Shanley said in total the city will add 27 trees as part of the redevelopment, and that includes trees on Erie, South Water and South DePeyster streets along with trees in the new parking lot.

Shanley said three varieties of trees will be planted, including London planetrees, elm and zelkova trees.

Once in the ground, the trees will stand about 12 feet tall.

Shanley said the trees won't reach full maturity because of the location.

"In 10 years I hope to have a 25- to 35-foot tree there if we can get 10 years out of them," he said.

Erie Street will see new trees planted between Monday and Wednesday. The new parking lot behind the Davey Tree and AMETEK buildings will be planted on the weekend.

The Davey Tree Expert Co. has been contracted to install the new trees.

Dennis Rein October 29, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Thumbs up for the elms and zelkovas, but sycamores make for a lousy street tree; they get too big with roots overgrowing the pavement and most of all they are a "dirty" tree - during summer heat they turn brown and shed their foliage and have exfoliating bark. Better choices would be ginkos and honey locusts. Even better, "autumn blaze" or "red sunset" maples.
Heidi Shaffer October 30, 2012 at 02:37 AM
What native trees would do well there?

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