Southern Pines, N.C. — 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.