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UCSC to Take Out 120 Redwoods for Merrill College ‘Renewal Project’
by via Bruce Bratton
Wednesday Jun 20th, 2012 1:22 PM
UC Santa Cruz to take out 120 Redwoods for Merrill College ‘Renewal Project’. Public review and comment period ends Monday, July 9 at 8 a.m.

UCSC TO TAKE OUT 120 REDWOODS. Jodi Frediani forwards this note from Forest Update (June 12 issue)…

While UCSC is cutting classes and charging students exorbitant fees for their education, campus development and expansion continue. The proposed Merrill College ‘Renewal Project’ includes the following: Other Site Work. “Grading for the accessibility improvements would require removal of most of the trees in the wooded area south of the Taqueria. That area would be graded to conform to the adjacent path and service road, and to create a flat, sunny gathering space. The existing Taqueria patio would be demolished and the area incorporated into a new terraced patio that would extend to the eastern facade of the Cultural Center. The dense trees on the slope above the moat would be thinned. Exterior building lighting and site lighting would be replaced. Portions of the existing irrigation piping and sewer piping would be replaced, and utilities extended to the new Plaza Building.”

“Site work for the Project would require removal of a total of approximately 120 trees, mostly redwoods. Approximately 45 new coast live oak, ginkgo biloba, and scarlet oak trees would be planted in the site as part of the new landscaping.”

“Also widening and repaving the service road, new service vehicle parking, new ADA-compliant parking, new bridges, a new Taqueria and new, sunnier plaza.”

Along with copies in libraries at UCSC, and the downtown Santa Cruz Library, the Draft Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration is also available on the UCSC website at http://ppc.ucsc.edu/cp/planning/cp/planning/2635DIS The public review and comment period ends Monday July 9, 2012 at 8 a.m.

Posted via Bruce Bratton