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20 trees could be felled to make way for Wentworth dorm

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  November 30, 2012 12:32 PM

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A total of 20 trees could be removed near the border of the Mission Hill and the Fenway neighborhoods to make way for a new dormitory for Wentworth Institute of Technology.

The public shade trees proposed to be removed include 11 linden trees on Vancouver Street measuring a total of 125 inches in diameter at breast height (dbh), four linden trees on Louis Prang Street measuring a total of 29 inches dbh, and five London plane trees on Huntington Avenue measuring a total of 22 inches dbh, according to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

The Parks Department said the request to remove the trees is to accommodate construction of a seven-story, apartment-style dorm at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and Louis Prang Street.

The planned Wentworth dorm is designed to house 305 students, allowing the school to keep 96 percent of its students living on campus. The $43 million project was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s tree warden has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, December 18 to discuss the removal of the trees. The 11 a.m. meeting will be held on the 3rd floor conference room of 1010 Massachusetts Ave. in Roxbury.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com.
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