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Laurelwood residents concerned about widening project taking trees

Leaders of the Laurelwood Condo Association asked Hendersonville City Council members on Thursday to intervene with the NCDOT to reduce the number of trees that would be removed as part of the U.S. 64 widening from Blythe Street through Laurel Park.


The condo leaders showed pictures of old-growth trees and hemlocks that provide a noise and sight buffer from the road, City Manager John Connet said.

"They're not asking the council the project," he said. "They're asking the council to help them mitigate or reduce the number of trees that are going to be removed."

Councilman Steve Caraker, the council's representative for road issues, said he would talk to the NCDOT district engineer about the concerns.

"Basically Steve Caraker said he was going to meet with Brian Burch based on some other comments anyway and that he would take this request to DOT," Connet said.