Danville Express

Newsfront - June 1, 2007

Saving the trees

Danville property owner building homes, transplants oaks

by Jordan M. Doronila

Construction workers have removed 23 out of 46 oak and walnut trees to build 10 homes at Hansen Lane near Osage Park in Danville.

The Rhett family, property owners, are transplanting eight trees and did much of the tree removal and replanting last week.

"It's a green building project from start to finish," said Catarina Kidd, town project planner. "It's earth friendly."

Rhett family members have owned the property at Hansen Lane for 50 years. Kidd said they are longtime Danville residents and have been looking to preserve trees, use energy efficiently, recycle materials and conserve water.

"The Rhetts have been really responsible," Kidd said.

The project is scheduled to be finished in one year, she noted. Hansen Lane, which is off Orange Blossom Way, will be renamed Rhett Place. The Rhett family will continue to live on the property once it is developed.

"Danville loves their oak trees," said Ella Smith Vizena, a resident near Hansen Lane who has followed the project through its planning stages. "They are going to be beautiful homes - $2 million to $4 million."


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