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BREA : New Palms Will Spruce Up Birch

Birch Street will soon be getting a face lift, including more than $82,000 worth of new palm trees.

Over Councilman Glenn G. Parker’s objections, the City Council last week agreed to spend more than $220,000 improving the thoroughfare as part of the rehabilitation of the downtown area.

“The money for 55 palm trees, $82,500, is an excessive amount,” Parker said. “As a result, I will have to vote no.” However, he was unable to persuade his fellow council members to disapprove the project.

In addition to the 55 queen palms, which cost $1,500 each, 57 Platanus trees will also be planted, along with ornamental fencing on both Orange Avenue and Birch Street.

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The allocation approved last week was part of the city’s longstanding efforts to spruce up downtown. According to staff reports, the project will “provide a visual connection between the new downtown area and the Civic Center/Brea Mall area.”


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