The City of Palo Alto Tuesday posted 14-day notices on five trees along California Avenue that will be removed as part of the area's massive streetscape project.
The five trees, one of which is dead, are in "direct conflict with the new construction work," a statement from the city reads. Some trees are located in areas where the sidewalk will be widened; others would create a safety hazard to a reconfigured right-hand turn lane, according to the city.
Two trees (including the dead one) are located in front of Technology Credit Union on the north side of California Avenue. Another is on the south side in front of Lotus Thai Bistro. Two others are at the north and south corners of Ash Street, one in front of Avalon Yoga Center and the other next to the "Go Mama" art sculpture.
The five trees include two valley oaks, one southern live oak and two Shumard oaks.
"This is something that we've always shared during the whole design and outreach process," city Transportation Engineer Shahla Yazdy said about the tree removal.
"We really did try as part of the design to try to save as many trees as we could," she added.
In 2009, the city faced uproar from the community over the removal of 50 mature holly oak trees along California Avenue as part of a beautification project.
For the current streetscape project, which broke ground in March, the city plans to plant 49 new trees, bringing California Avenue's total number of trees to more than 100, according to the city. Silver Linden trees will be planted on the stretch of street between Ash and Birch streets, where the sidewalk will be widened by 10 feet. The trees will match the existing ones.
Yazdy said she doesn't have an exact date for the five trees' removal, but it will be after the week of July 8.