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Cary residents root for trees

Posted July 20, 2009
Updated July 21, 2009

— A plan to cut down 90 trees in the Applecross townhome community, located off Cary Parkway between Old Apex Road and Lake Pine Drive, is causing controversy.

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The property manager company says the homeowners association asked for the trees to be removed because the roots were breaking up sidewalks and streets, and some trees were diseased.

“This is not an emergency situation. There is no eminent danger to health and safety. And yet, there seemed to have been a great deal of urgency on their (property management's) part,” said resident Malinda Rathbone.

Rathbone and other homeowners met with the homeowners association's board of directors and the property manager Monday evening to discuss the trees.  They are upset that the trees were slated to be cut with little or no notice.

Other residents said if the trees are diseased, they should go.

“Our unit has four trees that are infatuating our crawl space, and it is causing damage. If a tree needs to come down, and it is going to be replaced with something beautiful, and not cause damage to the house, then I think it is something that is necessary and needs to be done," Applecross resident, Melissa Tolhurst, said.

The association's plan is to replace the diseased trees with new tress and shrubs at homeowners' expense.

Meanwhile, the Town of Cary has told the community to put the tree plan on hold until a site plan is submitted and approved.


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  • veyor Jul 21, 2009

    Out of several hilarious parts of this article I think Cary wanting a site plan (i.e. fee) is the funniest.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Jul 21, 2009

    The trees were there first. What a bogus place to live anyway!

  • speedy Jul 21, 2009

    All those so green with Cary envy more than make up for the lost trees.

  • concerncitizen Jul 21, 2009

    They left out the word lack twice....................4col

  • LambeauSouth Jul 21, 2009

    the excess of trees in our area is what's causing global warming, these trees will eventually kill us all!!!!!

    Ah No!
    trees provide us with much needed oxygen, the lack of trees is contributing to global warming.

  • batcave Jul 21, 2009

    I don't get how this is news. I get how people bust on Cary, I do the same with Chapel Hill, so I get it. But I like living in Morrisville / Cary.

  • SweetB Jul 21, 2009

    I hate HOA....Yes, I used to serve on one. Young and dumb when I bought. I was AMAZED at the amount of CONTROL we had!! Hope to NEVER be subjected to OTHER people taking care of MY property again.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 21, 2009

    keep the trees then make sure the insurance companies don't pay for any damages realted to the trees. there. everyone is happy

  • tatermommy52 Jul 21, 2009

    'spout their hatred of Cary' Per the first amendment bloggers can chose to comment in areas that are so rich in material.

  • caaraiza Jul 21, 2009

    I ACTUALLY live in Applecross, let me explain that this mostly the work of just a few residents. Also not all of the trees are slated to be removed, some just trimmed. The real issue is that for years PPM (our old HOA) took our money with little to no maintenance thus the current situation with over foresting, cracked foundations, and moldy/rotten siding. Now CAS has taken over and genuinely has interest in improving our living situation. There was a lack of communication in the initial stages on the part of CAS, and that led to the aforementioned residents jumping the gun and starting trouble. I don't know why this is newsworthy- and remember I LIVE THERE. Yes I love our trees, but I don't want the front of someone's house to fall off, I don't want the health hazards related to rotten and moldy siding, I don't want the potholed roads, and I don't want residents creating a bad relationship with a management company that has OUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND.