An Elysian Heights home developer was granted permission this morning to cut down more than 40 native trees but must first receive building and grading permits. The city’s Board of Public Works added the condition at the request of nearby residents who feared the approximately three-acre parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street that would be denuded of trees and sit empty for several years as have some other proposed development sites. “Removing trees, prior to the true commitment to build (obtaining grading and building permits = a serious financial commitment), would be premature and leave the neighborhood at risk for further uncommitted speculation, increased risk of slope failure, mudslides and another ugly, eyesore problem,” said Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson, who has opposed in the Elysian Heights development.
Developer Planet Home Living said it needed to cut down more than 40 native trees, which are protected by city ordinance and require a permit to be cut down, to stabilize and grade a slope on the property where it wants to build 15 homes. Planet Home, which has put the site up for sale, said it will plant more than 160 replacement trees and also create a trail that will remain open to the public. The office of Councilman Eric Garcetti and the Echo Park neighborhood council both urged the Public Works Board to require the developer to receive building and grading permits before being allowed to cut down the trees.
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