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Landscaping Work Underway At MarketStreet Site

Trees starting to appear on berm that runs along Walnut Street.

Those who pass the MarketStreet at Lynnfield development along Walnut Street may have noticed that along with the emerging structure of the future Whole Foods, some trees have also begun to appear on the nearby land berm.

As noted last week on this website, National Development, the company building MarketStreet, reported on its MarketStreetConstruction.com website that its landscape architect had recently traveled to Pennsylvania to select the new trees and that other recent developments in the project include paving work and foundation work.

The appearance of the new trees along Walnut Street may also remind residents that back in the Spring, some citizens went before the selectmen to express their displeasure with the unexpected removal of trees that had previously been near the entrance to the site. In late June, a follow-up article on this website mentioned that the state was set to issue a notice of violation to National Development for the tree removal, since it had occurred on its right of way land.

Since then, an early October note by National Development on the previously mentioned MarketStreetConstruction website said a contractor had made a mistake in removing the trees and that an agreement was reached with the state last month on re-planting in this area.

"During the initial site clearing, the contractor mistakenly removed 2-3 trees that were located within the State right-of-way at the entrance along Walnut Street.  All other trees that were removed were within the site plan area as shown on the approved plans," said the MarketStreetConstruction update page, which also offers a photo for context.

At the previous link, residents can also download a PDF copy of National Development's vegetation restoration agreement with the state - which includes complete list of the several dozen varieties of trees and shrubs expected to be growing at the MarketStreet site. Some of the items on the PDF list (out of many more) include 113 shingle oak trees, 88 white pine trees 54 okane cherry trees, 5 black tupelos, and 4 niobe weeping willows. The most commonly used shrubs at MarketStreet will apparently be sixteen candles summersweet and tartarian dogwood, while other expected ground cover will range considerably from Hameln fountain grass and Shenandoah switch grass to Russian sage, lupines, and a few black-eyed susans.

Daniel Iknaian November 12, 2012 at 06:38 PM
going to be doing a site tour today, lets see if its going to be worth it...
Daniel Iknaian November 20, 2012 at 06:39 AM
It is good to know that Market street is getting a lot of local business attention, and it already has signed leases for a portion of the first phase of the project.

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