100-year old tree uprooted for restaurant

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Some people are upset an historic tree was dug up to make room for a restaurant.

A new Culver’s is coming to the corner of University and Race streets. A tree which was more than a century old was torn down to make room for the new establishment.

People are concerned about the tree being removed and the city’s old roots be destroyed. They say it wasn’t necessary to get rid of trees in the neighborhood just to make room for another fast food restaurant.

The city’s arborist, Mike Brunk, says the lot where Culver’s is being built was mainly woody material, but there were two trees older than 100-years. One tree was saved, but the other came down.

Brunk says they were able to work with the developer and the design was tweaked to save one tree. But, some people say they wish things could have stayed the same.

A house will also be torn down for the development. Brunk says even though one tree was torn down, he was happy to know the developer tried to make changes to the design to save one.

The new Culver’s is expected to open later this year. There’s also a Culver’s in Danville.

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