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SWAMP LOT: JAN 9, 2015

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A Row of Old Live Oaks Awaits the Arrival of 75 Townhomes in East Downtown

 

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BEHIND THIS ROW of 9 live oak trees along Leeland St., one block north of the Gulf Fwy. (and the southern edge of East Downtown), Talia Homes is planning a development of 75 gated homes called Talia Village — on the site of what was, until last summer, the Spencer Company’s Florabunda wholesale nursery at 1609 Ennis St. South of the development is the Metro Auto Storage tow lot; to the east lies what a reader describes as “uh, a large pasture next to the bike trail which is used by somebody’s horses fairly often.”

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The oak trees, writes the reader, “shade the entire street and touch in the middle.I don’t know the exact age of them, but based on early 1950s aerial photographs,these live oaks were there at that time and some already had a canopy spread of 40 feet or more. So maybe they were planted in the 1930s? Or even earlier? Some are close to two feet in diameter. . . . These trees are really an asset in a part of East Downtown that doesn’t have many assets.”

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