Metro revealed today on their blog, The Source, that about 135 trees will be removed along Wilshire Boulevard between Western Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard – 101 of them in the City of Los Angeles and another 34 in the City of Beverly Hills. The Wilshire trees will be removed over time as the Purple Line Extension construction moves west from Western.
Metro notes that most of the trees slated to be removed are near the three new Metro stations – at La Brea and Wilshire; at Fairfax and Wilshire; and at La Cienega and Wilshire.
- Most trees will be removed starting in about a year.
- Within the next month, Metro will remove two Mexican Fan Palms in the median along Wilshire, just east of Detroit, in order to facilitate fiber optic utility relocation.
- Crape Myrtles and London Plane trees are among the most common trees to be removed – none protected and most in less than 100% health.
- Metro will replant twice as many trees in the area by the time the project is completed.
- Metro is working with the Cities of LA and Beverly Hills on a final plan.
Click on this link to read the full story on The Source and to see a full inventory of all the trees along the Purple Line Extension.