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Developer: Tree to Make Way for Restaurant

Posted July 20, 2007

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— A giant cedar tree on the site of a proposed restaurant in Southern Pines cannot be saved, according to the project's developer.

Cary-based MVOC plans to build a steakhouse where the tree stands.

Local residents have lobbied to save the tree, and the state Historic Preservation Office this week called the tree "historically significant."

But the company said it wouldn't change its plans to accommodate the tree. Developers plan to meet with the town's Historic District Commission next month to discuss what to do next.

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  • RYANROCCO Jul 20, 2007

    no not at all..im as relaxed as they come. i just like to type in caps. im in perfect health..thanks for the concern..

  • One Good Dad Jul 20, 2007

    Ryan.....from the way your yelling, and acting, your blood pressure must be really high. You might want to slow down in case the stress takes it's toll on your body. The tree's will outlast you. :)

  • RYANROCCO Jul 20, 2007

    ONEGOODDAD..IS EVERY BLOG YOU POST ON TODAY GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH ABORTION....SAVE THAT FOR AN ACTUAL ABORTION STORY..ALSO I THINK THESE PEOPLE NEED OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT BESIDES SAVING A TREEE...ANYWAYS MOST OF THEM WONT BE AROUND IN A FEW YEARS ANYWAY SO WHY WASTE THE TIME

  • bubbabillybob Jul 20, 2007

    intuit: "thankfully, no trees were taken down to build my house"

    You must live in metal-framed house. Otherwise, plenty of trees were cut down to build your house.

    I still don't understand all the controversy over a danged tree. Don't get me wrong...trees are great. We can't live without them. But why all the hoopla over one particular tree? Whenever I fly, I love to look down and see all the trees. From that perspective, when you look down from the sky, you see trees everywhere. From that perspective, we have made very little impact on the environment. All the tree-hugging liberals have to do is look around...there are trees everywhere to hug.

  • cheddarhead Jul 20, 2007

    I agree with onegooddad about saving a tree verses saving the life of a little baby.
    I was just wondering: Could the steakhouse be built in front of the tree and they have an outside deck for seating to accomodate the tree? I love big cedar trees and big magnolia trees and it is really neat to eat outside on a deck with a huge tree for shade. Just a thought.

  • One Good Dad Jul 20, 2007

    It's pitiful to see how many people will without shame lay themselves to the point of being in harm's way to save a tree. But you'll never see them in front of a abortion clinic yelling, "Saves the babies"! God have mercy.

  • Sick N Tired Jul 20, 2007

    tchavis...I agree! If you buy it, you should be able to do what you want with it.

    I just wish some people would care as much about other people as they do about trees.

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Jul 20, 2007

    3Horses, you're the coolest

  • schit Jul 20, 2007

    just a note on this tree issue. it is mind boggling how so many people like telling others what to do with their property for the sake of history or memories or better yet their own needs. as i see it the developer can do what they want with their own property. the towns people can continue to gripe and complain as they always do. keep in mind this will bring jobs and more money to the local economy. also when golf tournaments are held there people will go and eat there anyway. i know many of you will not agree with me but hey would you like people telling you what to do with your prooerty. the government tellss us what to do all the time and so does the state. i personally say if you paid for it then do what you want with it. better yet have the towns people come together and purchase the land that way they keep the tree. then when a hurrican comes thru and blows it down then they can sit back and think what to do with the vacant lot.

  • flipit Jul 20, 2007

    Oh, and yes, hug that tree, you may get a woodie.

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