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Who gave someone permission to take down the trees in front of the old Midwest Graphics building at Eighth and New Hampshire? Did they need to get the city's permission to do that? Do they own the trees? Or, was it the city that took them down? I'd like to know why they were taken down and if they will be replaced.

City Manager Mike Wildgen said city approval to cut the trees was given through the site planning process for the development. The approved plans for the project include new trees, new sidewalks, new lighting and larger green spaces adjacent to both New Hampshire and Eighth streets. Wildgen also said city crews believed the ash trees that were removed were in serious decline.

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