The landscaping around the corner of North Larchmont Boulevard and Rosewood looked pretty bleak early this week as tree crews took down the five mature trees that grew on the front and side of the 1963 commercial building, zoned as a neighborhood office.
We learned from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s office that the property owner had applied for a permit in October 2013 to remove the five ficus and under law are required to replace the trees with a 2:1 ratio for planting “in the community.” These mitigation trees were to be received prior to issuing of the permit, yet the Board of Public Works has not yet received the replacement trees and is now following up on the matter. We can only hope they will plant new trees in front of 444 to visually soften the location, provide foliage for the birds, and cool the streetscape in warm weather. The debate as to if and when ficus all along the boulevard should be removed and replaced continues.
The Buzz could not reach the owner of the 10,000 square foot property for comment, but by the looks of the sidewalk surrounding the building, the trees were removed due to the dangerous conditions they posed for pedestrians.