Workers returned to cut down the remaining trees and clean up stumps and branches from the site of an Elysian Heights housing development after obtaining the go ahead from the city’s Department of Public Works. A tree removal company had been ordered earlier this month to stop cutting down trees on a three-acre parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street where developer Planet Home Living plans to build 15 homes. Last year, the developer was granted permission to chop down more than 40 native trees protected by city ordinance but only after it had purchased grading and building permits, a condition neighbors had insisted on after watching other developers mow down trees for homes, condos and apartments that were never built.
After halting work on the site, the Department of Public Works has decided to reinstate the developer’s tree-removal permit, said Julie Wong, spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti.
“Because the developer had already cut all of the native trees that were allowed under the permit, any additional native tree removal activity would be limited to removing felled trees and stumps — both of which could be safety hazards for people and animals,” said Wong in an email. “The developer may remove non-native trees, which does not require a city permit.”
Did the city issue the tree removal permit in error? The Eastsider is checking with the Department of Public Works.