The city’s Board of Public Works postponed a hearing scheduled for today on the removal of more than 40 native trees on the site of an Elysian Heights housing development. The head of the commission, Andrea Alarcon, will be setting up a meeting involving several community leaders to discuss the matter, according to Echo Park neighborhood council board member Lisa Baca-Sigala, who attended today’s Public Works meeting.
Developer Planet Home Living has applied with the city to cut down more than 40 native trees on part of an approximately three-acre site near Allesandro Street and Rosebud Avenue.
Planet Home, which last week announced it was willing to sell the property and the right to build 16 homes, said it must cut down the trees to comply with a city order to stabilize a slope on the property. The developer proposes to plant more than 160 new trees on the site and build a trail on land that would be dedicated as public open space.
A new public hearing to review the tree cutting permit has been rescheduled for Oct. 6, said Baca-Sigala.