From the Ask Joe file, there is a big new development project that will soon be taking shape at Virginia Lake, and a couple of our viewers wrote in with a question about the project.
The two viewers, Diane Steinhardt and Lonnie Powell, both wrote in asking why so many of the trees are being cut down around Virginia Lake?
News 4 stopped by and saw there is a lot of construction work going on over there. There are also a lot fewer trees.
Joe checked with the developer, J. Carter Witt at Silver Wing Development. He said many of the trees on Eastshore were dead or diseased, due to being root bound. The remaining trees were causing damage to underground utilities, because of their root systems.
Silver Wing will be planting new trees. The proposed landscape plan for the new Edgewater community calls for 227 trees and 1,362 shrubs. In addition, they will be planting 52 large box trees along Eastshore Drive and Lymberry Street. The developers said they have voluntarily decided to plant trees larger than the city requires on that stretch to enhance the area as much as possible.
Big changes are in store for that part of Virginia Lake. The 10-acre housing development should be finished in March of next year, and look for a lot more trees to be planted as part of that effort.