This is a good one…we will be following this story for a while!
The tree beat the condos. In a battle pitting a 14-unit condo development against a single tree, the tree has prevailed.
The developers of 343-347 Summer Street, had seen their project delayed by lawsuits from the neighborhood for six years but were coming off a legal victory and had only one obstacle in their way before cashing in with new West Somerville condo’s: a single tree that had to come down for construction of a fire lane.
But the tree will continue to stand on Summer Street after Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone refused to accommodate the developers and declined to remove it. The decision was left up to Curtatone because of neighborhood complaints about the development.
The developers of the condo project, Dakota Partners (formerly Emerald Development Group) have filed a lawsuit against Curtatone and the city in connection with their refusal to take down the tree.
Source: by way of The Somerville News