For Immediate Release
Date: July 2, 2015
Savannah’s southside will get more trees due to an agreement reached Friday between the City of Savannah and developers of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
The Hutton Company, which is developing the site, met all site plan requirements. Its approved landscape plan, approved by City staff and in conformance with the City’s tree ordinance, included the removal of 67 trees at the site, including six live oaks. In their place, the developer was to replant the site with 123 large-tree species, 25 medium-tree species, and 103 small-tree species.
Concerns were raised by District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas, who represents the area, and Mayor Edna Jackson about the extensive tree removal at the site.
In response, Hutton today agreed to voluntarily submit a supplemental landscape plan which includes planting an additional 56 trees on site, including another 26 live oaks. The revised plan also increases the planned caliper of every tree on site, and adds a new greenspace area. Hutton has further agreed to plant a number of trees off-site, including new live oaks in the White Bluff median between Montgomery Crossroad and Windsor Road.