“It’s really jarring for people to see it,” she said, adding, “we knew some of it was going to go.”
Linwood Construction took the trees to avoid complications during construction, she said.
Whether the James Street residents had been promised that some of the trees would remain is something Dunne will look into. She echoed the mayor’s view, however, explaining that there might have been confusion with a stand of trees farther up the road behind the Little League field. Those have remained untouched.
“Our goal is to lessen the impact as much as possible,” said Dunne. “And it’s very important for us to work closely with the neighborhood.”
Dunne expects new plantings this spring. “We are going to be putting things in that are going to grow rapidly. ... We’re looking to put something else there for a green buffer.” More landscaping will be provided after the building is completed.
A few trees on the Pollock property still screen the view somewhat. With three children, Pollock expects her youngest will one day attend the new Higgins Middle School.
“I’m glad they’re building a new school,” she said. “I just wish it wasn’t here.”
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