Street trees are returning to California Avenue.
On Monday, workers will start preparations for the planting of more than 60 deciduous and evergreens trees between the fountain area near the Caltrain station and El Camino Real, the Palo Alto Public Works Department announced Wednesday.
Weather permitting, the project will be completed by late February, the department said.
The replanting follows the surprise removal Sept. 14 of 63 mature holly oaks, leaving the previously shaded shopping district with a completely altered look.
Residents and elected officials expressed shock and outrage that the street had been denuded without sufficient notice.
City Manager Jim Keene and Public Works Director Glenn Roberts apologized, acknowledging procedural mistakes. Workers apparently had disregarded a 14-day waiting period that was included in the planning department's conditional approval for the work.
According to the design for the new planting, a grouping of Chinese pistache and southern live oaks will be added between the Caltrain tracks and the fountain.
California Avenue itself will be lined with silver lindens, with Freeman maples and Shumard oaks as "accents" at intersections and pedestrian crossings.
A valley oak will be planted near Mollie Stone's, and several more valley oaks will be added near the El Camino Real intersection.
In addition to the trees the city is replanting, the nonprofit organization Canopy will host an event Jan. 30 during which volunteers will plant dozens of street trees within sidewalk areas, the Public Works Department announcement stated.
During the whole tree project, there will be temporary periods of reduced street parking along California. Drivers can expect some delays during construction hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contractors will work on one side of the street in "localized construction areas" before moving to the opposite side of the street, the city staff said.
Information about the Canopy event is available be e-mailing [email protected]