Police and city officials were called out this morning to the site of a planned Elysian Heights housing development after workers tried to cut down more trees despite a city order to stop the work. Earlier this month the city’s Department of Public Works ordered all tree removal to stop on a three-acre parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street where developer Planet Home Living plans to build 15 homes. “Workers stopped working because they could not produce removal permit,” said Julie Wong, spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti. “The Department of Building and Safety has re-posted the Order to Comply.”
The Department of Works ordered the tree cutting to stop while it reviews the terms of the developer’s tree removal permits. The city is also working to retain a consultant to study the project’s impact of wildlife.