Editor’s note: This letter was sent to members of Williamsburg City Council.
When the plans for Midtown Row were shown to the public, although horrified by the five-story buildings, we were all relieved to see the plans showed that the mature trees fronting Richmond Road were to be spared. This was a major concern for all citizens, and many spoke to this effect at the public meetings.
Then we recently learned in The Virginia Gazette that 21 trees are to be removed. This is gut-wrenching, to say the least.
I was out of town in June and missed the Planning Commission meeting on the June 20. I did not feel it was urgent to attend, since we all thought the trees were safe. In reading the minutes of the meeting recently, it has come to my attention that the tree removal is not at the request of the developer, but due to a multi-use path requested by the city.
How can you allow this travesty? The trees are adored by everyone and are a significant contributor to the beauty of this “entrance corridor.” To remove them will affect not only the citizens of Williamsburg, but visitors as well. In addition, even those that are not being removed will be damaged by the construction of the multi-use path and will eventually die.
Surely there must be some other way to deal with this. I beg of you to consider every alternative before it is too late and irreparable damage is done to our beautiful city.