A private tree care company – Arbor Care Tree Service – will remove 13 trees from the perimeter of the 1063 Block Replacement construction site on Dec. 14-16.
One tree – a northern red oak on the southeast side of the construction site – will be preserved.
The tree removal will cause some minor traffic impacts. The southbound lane of Capitol Way – the one next to the construction site – will be closed all day on Monday, Dec. 14.
The westbound lane of 11th Ave., also next to the construction site, will be closed during the morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 15. Traffic flaggers and barricades will be in place during the work.
The trees being removed will be replaced later with new ones that are ideal for Olympia’s soils and growing conditions, meet all city tree requirements for new development, are easy to maintain and do not interfere with or damage nearby infrastructure.
The landscape plan for the new building also includes many native and drought-tolerant plants that will provide four seasons of color and interest. The complete landscape plan is available on the project website.
The recent heavy rains are creating challenging conditions at the project work site. In an effort to stay on schedule, the state has authorized and the City of Olympia has approved extended work hours for the next few weeks.
The construction contractor and subcontractors have begun working twelve-hour days: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The new hours began Wednesday Dec. 9 and will continue until early January. A construction crew will also be working this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The 1063 Block Replacement Project will construct a five-story, 215,000 square-foot office building on the block bordered by Capitol Way, 11th Avenue, Union Avenue and Columbia Street. The new building is scheduled to be completed by fall 2017.
Send written comments and questions about the project to: EASmail@des.wa.gov
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