Transamerica Pyramid Withdraws Appeal To Remove Trees

Transamerica Pyramid Withdraws Appeal To Remove Trees
Trees outside the Transamerica Pyramid. | Photo: Google
By Nathan Falstreau - Published on March 20, 2018.

Owners of the Transamerica Pyramid have withdrawn an application to remove 40 healthy street trees that surround the skyscraper, according to Department of Public Works (DPW). 

As we reported last week, representatives requested a meeting with Public Works to discuss "updating and replacing the first-floor storefront and lobby," along with replacing all exterior tile and flooring. The proposal also included the removal of red flowering Corymbia and Spotted gum trees that line 600 Montgomery St.

After our story ran, a Change.org petition to "Save the Transamerica Pyramid Trees" was created, which has since garnered 80 signatures as of this writing. 

Public Works moved to deny the application once its certified tree inspector determined that the trees were "in good shape—no disease, no recurring branch failures," and no damage to the sidewalk has been discovered. 

The building's owners subsequently filed an appeal and an administrative hearing was scheduled for March 26th, but via email, DPW spokesperson Rachel Gordon told Hoodline that the request has been withdrawn.

"We were given no reason other than a request to withdraw," she said.