Tree cutting resumes in Manheim Park

A tree near 44th and Virginia is marked for removal. Crews resumed cutting trees in Manheim Park yesterday.

Crews resumed cutting trees in the Manheim Park neighborhood on Thursday after federal officials allowed it.

After recent protests, officials with the Federal Transportation Authority stopped the removal of 68 trees to review Kansas City’s plans for it related to sidewalk replacements there.

After the review, “they gave them the go-ahead to resume work,” said Sean Demory, a city spokesman.

The removed trees will be replaced, he said, and the city is likely to change its policy and communicate more with residents in future sidewalk projects.

The new sidewalks there are a small part of the Green Impact Zone initiative, an effort to concentrate improvements in a 150-square-block area of the city.

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