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Belmont District Residents Upset After Trees are Cut Down

DAYTON -- Many Dayton residents who live and work near the Belmont Business district are stumped after seeing several trees chopped down.

"The city has taken down all of the shade trees. They were gorgeous. Big gorgeous trees providing oxygen and shade and just a comfy atmosphere to walk in. It looked like a happy little neighborhood and now it just looks stark and bare," said Briana Ballard who works in the Belmont Business District. "I can count 12345678 trees just from here. It doesn't make any sense to me they say they're going to replace them. What is the point of that?

She was sad to see several trees on Watervliet between Smithville Road and Mondale Avenue removed.

"We already have these big luscious beautiful trees fully grown, and providing an atmosphere for this neighborhood making it a place where people wanted to walk around and shop and now there are a big giant stumps of ugliness all over the place," she said.

We've been getting calls and emails from viewers wondering whats going on with the trees that are now just stumps, so now we're taking your questions right to the source.

"I know there's been some outcry by the citizens over that but all the trees are being replaced with trees that are more conducive to the business district and just the overall ambiance and curb appeal of the district," said President of Belmont Business Association David Stanley who is happy to see this small district get a $300,000 federal grant and another $40,000 from the city of Dayton. "They created a lot of shadow from a safety and security standpoint. They didn't allow for proper lighting for the businesses. The new trees will be smaller. They will be vibrant. I'm sure the tree lovers will get the enjoyment and appreciation out of those."
 
Maybe for some tree lovers, but not Ballard.

"I practice a nature based religion and I eat organic and I live organic and to kill this tree it was a crime it was stupid there was no purpose for it," she said. "Put that money into nicer sidewalks. Put that money into benches. I think if people take a look at the district pre-June 1st and they look at it again at the end of September I think we will see some remarkable movements and people will be happy with the work that's being done over there."
 
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