East Charlotte neighborhood against new development

- Residents of the Belmont neighborhood in East Charlotte are heading to a neighborhood social network to say, “not in my backyard.”
 
A major construction project there has taken down many trees—and residents aren’t happy about it.
 
"It's like a constant construction zone up and down all the streets," said Belmont Neighborhood Resident Anna Glodowski. 
 
It's a major project requiring constant construction.
 
"There are bags and bags of garbage blowing around and building up," Glodowski added. 
 
A multiple block development is being added right in the middle of the Belmont neighborhood in East Charlotte.
 
"And there just doesn't seem to be a lot of follow through with a lot of things the developer promised prior to the construction," Glodowski said.
 
Multiple residents have been heading to the Neighborhood Social Network "Next Door" to express their concerns.
 
"Before all approvals went through, it felt there were a lot of promises to communicate with the neighborhood and plans in place to not impact the neighborhood," Glodowski said.  "And living on the street with the development, that's far from what is happening."
 
One of the biggest bothers, though, the number of trees chopped.
 
"There were several, probably four to five massive oak trees that were 100 year old trees-- they're gone."
 
According to the city, the development is part of a 2010 conditional rezoning project, which includes notes that express an intent to save ten percent of the existing trees.
 
"I don't think the neighbors realized that includes “tree save” on the entire property, not just areas where they're doing construction," said Glodowski.  "So in those areas, essentially all the trees are gone now.  I can't find many trees left and there were hundreds cut down."
 
Those with the city's land development division tell FOX 46 the construction company is in compliance,and there are plans to plant at least 38 new trees in the "tree save" area, along with 181 three inch trees.
 
"Obviously you can't replace 100 year old oak trees," said Glodowski.  "The city says they'll plant some three inch trees, which I don't think is comparable."
 
The city is working to schedule a meeting with residents to review approved plans and walk through exactly what happened.
 
"I feel like they basically told us what we wanted to hear to get it all passed, and now it's just what they feel like doing," Glodowski said.

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