Deserving of a parade or at least some fanfare, flatbeds hauling trees arrived downtown early this morning.
The trees are the first of the oaks and palms to be planted in the construction areas on 4th Avenue and Donnelly Street. Shade trees are also being installed in the parking lot on 3rd Avenue and Donnelly Street.
The larger trees will be planted this week and the smaller understory plantings are scheduled to arrive next week, according to Burkhardt Construction, the project's contractor.
The number of trees, an environmental commodity and passionate issue for local residents, represent a difficult compromise between city leaders and residents. The arrival of the trees is welcome news for downtown businesses, residents and visitors.
According the the contractor, favorable weather this summer has allowed downtown's streetscape project to make very steady progress.