Efforts to save century-old live oak tree from developer fails in Heights-area neighborhood

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 12:52 PM

HOUSTON – Some neighbors expressed grief Monday after efforts to save a 100-year-old live oak tree in a neighborhood near the Heights failed.

Developers with Callisto Builders began the process of taking down the tree that is located on a vacant lot in the 700 block of East 24th Street.

Two townhome buildings will be taking its place.

“We can’t save this tree today, but we want to raise awareness that we’re really not OK in the Heights with developers coming in and knocking down our trees when they could have a more sustainable development plan and save the trees,” said Jessica Wilt, a Sunset Heights resident.

Neighbors said in the last six months, they have probably lost 1,000-years worth of trees. They are working with city leaders to pursue an ordinance to keep other old trees from being cut down.

 

 

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