Tree Replacement: 313 E. Franklin St.
A large tree in front of the Chi Omega sorority house at 313 E. Franklin St. between Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street is in poor health and is scheduled to be replaced.
The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring the tree over the past year and has found that the tree’s health will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if it is not removed.
Town crews are scheduled to remove the tree the week of Oct. 23. During the removal of the tree, the right lane of westbound East Franklin Street (traveling toward downtown Chapel Hill) will be closed. The sidewalk along the north side of East Franklin Street will also be impacted. Crosswalks at Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street will be available to detour around the work.
The replacement tree will be a species native to North Carolina. It will be planted in the fall, giving it the greatest chance to thrive.
The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 18th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.