League City: Compton oak sits in path of development

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by Christopher Smith Gonzalez / The Daily News

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Posted on September 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

LEAGUE CITY, Texas — A living piece of League City’s past is on a collision course with its future.

A large oak with deep roots in the city’s history is in the way of a planned widening of Louisiana Avenue on the east side of League City. The tree, a rare hybrid of a live oak and an overcup oak known as a Compton oak, sits at the southwest corner of FM 518 and Louisiana Avenue.

The road project, a city-county effort, is meant to widen the avenue to carry more traffic. But to expand the road as planned, the 51-inch in diameter oak, known as the Ghirardi oak, would need to be removed. A group of residents produced a report that lays out two possible solutions to the problem.

Leslye Mize, a retired professor who’s lived in League City for 30 years, wants to save the tree. Mize said the mix of history and beauty is what brings many people to the city, and the oaks are part of that mix.

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