Beginning today, a 28” diameter heritage Live Oak tree on Block 185 of the former Green Water Treatment Plant site will be moved approximately 125 feet from the edge of Cesar Chavez to the bank of Shoal Creek.
This is the final tree to be preserved under the Tree Preservation Agreement of the 2012 Green Water Treatment Plant Master Development Agreement between the City of Austin and Trammell Crow Company, managed by the Redevelopment Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department.
Trammell Crow Company will reimburse the City for the cost of the tree relocation once the relocation is complete.
The new tree location will provide an immediate environmental amenity to the banks of Shoal Creek across from the New Central Library and allow Trammell Crow Company to maximize the development of Block 185 as directed by the Austin City Council in initiating the redevelopment process.
Environmental Tree and Design, Inc., a leader in giant tree transplanting, will relocate the tree using their patented ArborLift system of pneumatic tubes, to roll the tree into its new position.
The move is anticipated to take approximately one month and will not affect traffic along Cesar Chavez, but will require removal of the adjacent sidewalk. Pedestrian access will be maintained during the move and subsequent work to improve the sidewalk between Nueces Street and West Avenue in conjunction with the completion of the New Central Library.
The City’s Arborist in the Development Services Department along with the Watershed Protection Department have partnered with the Economic Development Department to ensure a seamless tree relocation project.
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