Trees coming down to clear way for storage facility

  • Cut timber is stacked by a road off Route 10 near Lovefield Street in Northampton this week. The clearing is being done to allow for a climate-controlled storage facility. Below, the backhoe is seen at work through the trees. STAFF PHOTOS/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Cut timber is stacked by a road off Route 10 near Lovefield Street in Northampton, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The clearing is being done to allow for a climate-controlled storage facility. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2020 7:09:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A developer is in the process of cutting down some 80 trees on a property along Route 10 near the Northampton-Easthampton border to make room for a storage facility.

On Thursday, logs sat in tall piles on the site at 547 Easthampton Road.

Developers are planning a climate-controlled storage facility on the property, said Wayne Feiden, director of the city’s office of planning and sustainability.

Richard Berry, listed as the owner of record on a building permit from the city, declined to comment on the project.

The area has been zoned for industrial and office use for more than three decades, Feiden said.

“As part of the city’s overall planning for this area, we have recently protected over 200 acres, 105 acres this year alone, adjacent to this project,” he wrote in an email. “That property protects the most valuable ecological land.”

Developers will cut down trees that the city considers “significant” — meaning the tree trunk’s diameter measured at 4.5 feet from the ground is more than 20 inches — according to Feiden. Per city ordinance, those trees must be replaced or property developers must pay into to the city a city fund for planting new public shade trees.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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