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Hilltop Diversitree Project Brings Foliage to Hilltop
An anonymous donor has contributed $100,000 to a project that will plant over 200 trees in the Hilltop Business District. The project is in line with plans for the future of the Hilltop, as identified in the forestry element of Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan, the Neighborhood Business District Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan 2011, and the MLK Subarea Plan, as supported by the Urban Land Intstitute study earlier this year.
The funds, donated via the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, will be added to funding from the City of Tacoma's Environmental Services Department and CDBG grant dollars to increase the scope of planned plantings in the neighborhood.
The project will put new trees in the area between South 9th and Earnest S. Brazill, and between South J and Sheridan. The plantings will focus along the east/west "spine" of 11th Street, where the City is proposing to build four medians to allow for trees without reducing parking, allow for more rooting volume, and add traffic calming and UV protection to the street.
The anonymous donor has contributed an additional $30,000 for the first three years of maintenance, including watering, stake removal, and structural pruning. The City will cover additional costs during that time period. After the initial three years, trees not located in the median will be the responsibility of abutting property owners. The City will be responsible for trees in the median.
City staff have already met with the Hilltop Business District Association to share a project summary, and are in the process of conducting outreach to property owners, business owners, and key stakeholder groups. Groundbreaking and the planting of the first tree are planned for October 11.
Update & Clarification: The $100,000 is an anonymous donation. The $30,000 for maintenance comes from the Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Horticulture Fund.
Find out more about the Hilltop Diversitree program here.
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