LACONIA — Cafua Management Inc. has withdrawn its request to fell the stately oak tree standing between Dunkin’ Donuts and Dairy Queen on Union Avenue.
Before Christmas, Gregg Nolin, development director of Cafua Management, called the Planning Department and without offering any explanation or engaging in any conversation simply asked that the request be withdrawn, according an employee of the planning department.
Since preserving the tree was a condition of the Planning Board’s approval of the project, his request to remove it was referred to the board for its approval. The board was expected to consider the issue when it this week.
Nolin’s decision followed close on the heels of a resolution adopted by the City Council on Dec. 28 urging the Planning Board to deny the request and spare the tree.
When the Planning Board approved the construction of the commercial building next door to Dunkin’ Donuts, its decision included a requirement that “the large oak tree near the northeast corner of the property is a monumental shade tree, and as such shall be protected and maintain(ed) during and after construction” by the property owner. However, in September Nolin broached the prospect of removing the tree, which he suggested poses a traffic hazard by obscuring the line of sight along Union Avenue for motorists leaving the property.
From time to time, since the future of the tree was cast in doubt, placards and ribbons have been placed on its trunk, which is 14 feet around, calling for it to be preserved. At the same time, numerous residents have written to this newspaper calling for city officials to protect the tree.
Attempts to reach Cafua Management were unsuccessful.
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