Poplars will be replaced with dogwoods, ginkgos

May 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2010

The company behind the ARCO station redevelopment will pay to plant ginkgo and dogwood trees near Front Street North and Northeast Gilman Boulevard after the city removes aging poplar trees.

The city approved the poplar removal Tuesday, and Wednesday, workers started removing the almost four-decade-old trees. The updated landscaping will include evergreen and deciduous shrubs and groundcover, as well as a perennial bed.

The poplars — planted in 1972 — usually live for about 35 years, but as the trees age and become less healthy, they can pose safety issues. Ginkgos can live for more than 100 years; dogwoods for more than 50 years.

The dogwood species planted will be Eddie’s White Wonder — Issaquah’s centennial tree.

Crews removed poplars from the northwest corner of the intersection in October 2008, and from the southwest corner last July.

Workers installed a new sign and pumps at the ARCO station, and work continues on a convenience store inside the shell of the former station. Crews will also refurbish the canopy above the gas pumps.

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