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Feb 24, 2014 7:04 PM by Joanna Wise

Tree removal soon underway at Central Plaza

The first phase of the Central Plaza Revitalization project will soon be underway.

Workers will be removing dead and dying trees that line Central Plaza. Mike Taft, the City's Certified Arborist, says the trees that are being removed are in poor health, suffering with major cankers and diseases.

About 7 trees will be removed.

A grant will cover about $7,000 in costs. The Urban Renewal Authority and the city of Pueblo will cover the rest.

"We have a lot of beautiful areas in town," said project architect William Zwick. "We want this to be as beautiful as the Riverwalk, and the RTA project, and the historic district."

Zwick says the tree removal is a community effort to prepare for the bigger project of revitalizing Central Plaza.

The master plans have been released. Zwick says the total cost will be around $1 million. No word yet on how it will be funded.

Work on the tree removals will begin Tuesday, February 25. It is expected to be complete by March 4.

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