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700 trees getting the axe on contaminated property

City has approved a request by the property owner

The city has approved a request to cut down 700 trees located on a contaminated property at 120 Huron St.

The tree removal will be undertaken shortly.

"The removals have been requested to allow for the cleanup of contaminated soil. The site currently includes a wooded area dominated by Balsam Poplar, White Ash, Manitoba Maple and Eastern White Cedar," said the city in a news release.

"This wooded area has been studied and while it provides canopy cover, it is not a protected natural heritage feature. Furthermore, the soils underneath this wooded area are contaminated and the trees need to be removed for it to be cleaned up.

There is no redevelopment application at this time, the city said.

Any future development proposals will include opportunity for public input.

The requested tree removals have been approved by the city and will commence in the near future.