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RICHARDSON – The first set of trees that will be planted along Richardson’s Main Street as part of the downtown redevelopment project have arrived.

Crews from Environmental Design used trailers and made several trips to move the trees, which weigh about 12,000 lbs. each, from its farm in Aledo, Texas where they have been growing for more than a year. 

“I am sad to see them leave the farm but it’s going to be really cool to see them in their final spot,” said Jonny Riegel, Project Manager, Environmental Design.

This round of trees are bald cypress and will be planted into planting pits on the corner of Main Street and Greenville Avenue starting early next week.

Once the move is complete, there will be more than 100 trees including live oak, American sycamore, Mexican sycamore and red maples planted on Main Street.      

“I don’t think you can really put a value on trees like this, it adds a beautification factor and a green factor right in the middle of this concrete jungle,” he said.