Word got around the area and the handful of individuals who are running the organization that is attempting to save this highly at-risk neighborhood were notified. The sound of trees being cut down has become common in the area, and often serves as an indication that further mansionization will soon be underway. People there now recognize this as a sign of bad things to come, and feel it in the pits of their stomachs.
The property at this particular address was home to five mature sycamores. Recently the Arcadia City Council, after a long and unexplained delay, had finally passed an ordinance protecting just these kinds of trees. By doing so sycamores joined oaks as a protected variety of trees in the community.
There was only one catch. This new ordinance protecting sycamores did not go into effect until the following week. Which has caused a flurry of activity in certain mansionization circles there.
The tree remover indicated to those who had stopped by to witness that the homeowner wanted to build a new two story home at this address. Therefore he decided to remove all of those trees now while he could before the new ordinance protecting sycamores went into effect.
Five sycamores in total were removed, along with a pine tree and a eucalyptus. One of the sycamores had a beehive in it. So the damage was not just limited to the actual destroyed trees.
That is how things seem to work in Arcadia these days. News of an ordinance to protect sycamores is received by the McMansion crowd as an indication that they need to cut them down as quickly as possible. Which, of course, they are more than eager to do.
Nobody has seen any plans for a new two story home at this address. At least not yet. To the best of anyone's knowledge the City has not received plans for any new structures at this address, either. Upon a complete submission of plans, all HOA members and the 12 homes in the notification area will get notice of any hearing set for review of this new home.
Here are the before, during and after photos of what happened at 1243 Highland Oaks.