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Salt Lake moves trees for performing arts center

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -The landscape of downtown Salt a lake is changing. The city plans to move more than a half dozen trees to make way for a new performing arts center.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The landscape of downtown Salt a lake is changing. The city plans to move more than a half dozen trees to make way for a new performing arts center. The trees will move to Sunnyside Park or the Salt Lake Cemetery. It's a green way of making room for new development.

It's the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake on Wednesday afternoon, but the landscaping will soon change. The trees in a box say it all, "I'm Moving."

"Clean air initiatives, the aesthetic value, the shade," said Salt Lake City Public Lands Director Todd Reese.

All reasons why the city of Salt Lake isn't just cutting down these trees, but relocating them to a park or cemetery.

"While the size makes it challenging to relocate, they have a lot of value. To save a tree like this we would love to have them back in the parks," said Reese.

But this space won't be void of vegetation. The performing arts center plans to put up their own trees in a new scheme.

"The new development will include a new landscape plan that's already been reviewed and approved by city and the forestry department," said Reese.

Some argue the city doesn't need a new arts center. And environmentalist don't want these 20 year old trees uprooted. Reese chiding tell us how much it'll cost the city to do the move of all these trees. But one passerby doesn't seem to mind.

"If it helps out this area of the town I think it's good. If bigger acts can come into the venue it'll help out," said Chris Bacon.
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