Sewer project leaves problem of uprooted trees unanswered

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A sewer project in Mishawaka has one community concerned over what will be done about dozens of trees left uprooted in their area.

The mature trees are being removed for a project on Wilson Blvd. in Mishawaka, a community just along the St. Joseph River. But so far, residents say no one can tell them whether or not the neighborhood’s iconic trees will be replaced.

Residents say they understand the necessity of the sewer project, but they also say they want the trees to be replaced.

“It just destroys the neighborhood. It doesn't have that great feeling of trees and greenery. It just needs to be replaced what they take away,” says Albertina Wassenhove, a resident, “you can't destroy a neighborhood that is known for "the oaks.”

“It looks awful. And you can tell how it looks already just from how this one block has changed over the last hour,” said fellow resident Susan Wassenhove.

Folks living near Wilson Blvd. say they think the cost of the project should include putting in new trees, some even plan to appeal to the mayor and city engineer about the issue.

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