The local news (WYFF) did a segment on the unauthorized removal of heritage trees from the Brookside Gardens development off Wade Hampton Boulevard:
The city of Greenville has temporarily halted construction on a low-income apartment complex for senior citizens following the removal of six trees at the site.
City Planning and Development Manager Jean Pool said approval for Brookside Gardens came, in part, because the trees would have shielded the property and helped it blend in with the neighborhood.
The site sits at the corner of Gilfilling Road and Brookside Circle, behind the Travel Inn on Wade Hampton Boulevard.
“These trees have been removed by the developer and that’s a violation of the permit,” said Pool. “The city is now working with our attorneys to determine what the appropriate remedies are.”
Neighbor Donna Rhyne says one possible remedy would be to force the developers to reconsider their plans.
“There’s nothing to do but start the process over and decide ‘Is this development appropriate on this site as it stands today?’ Rhyne told WYFF.
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