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Kent Wants to Add Greenery Downtown

City applying for $25,000 ODNR grant

City officials are hopeful to replace some of the trees and greenery removed for downtown construction via a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Kent development officials plan to submit a grant application to the ODNR, which is offering grants to projects that promote restoration of urban tree canopies.

Kent Community Development Department Director Bridget Susel said there is no local cash match required, and the city can request up to $25,000.

"We can actually use it to replace tree canopy that’s been removed for economic development initiatives," Susel said. "And needless to say, we have done that."

The application is due Nov. 30.

The city has already started replacing some trees removed as part of the downtown redevelopment.

In October, contracted workers with The Davey Tree Expert Company started planting new trees on Erie Street. In total, the city will add 27 trees as part of the redevelopment, and that includes trees on Erie, South Water and South DePeyster streets along with trees in the new parking lot.

Susel said Kent's project qualifies because its considered to be within the Cuyahoga River area of concern by the ODNR.

"Replacing the tree canopy downtown was something we wanted to look towards," she said. "I think we have a really good chance."

The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! November 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I believe there was an article from Kent's arborist a few months ago. Guess the drunk college kids come out of the bars and rip the lowest branches off the trees which causes stress and eventually death to the trees. Good ol' alcohol.
David Badagnani December 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
This is the same ODNR that promotes fracking and injection disposal wells across our great state?
Jeff Mittiga December 01, 2012 at 11:34 PM
ODNR provides an illlusion of regulation of oil and gas drilling in Ohio. I think local communities need to demand the right to regulate this industry and protect the health and safety of their citizens. It makes sense for the city to apply for the $25,000 grant, however, the state of Ohio should have a higher priority of funding our public schools.
Chris (Kit) Myers December 02, 2012 at 12:25 AM
You are absolutely correct about school funding, Mr. Mittiga. In my book, an educated populace takes priority over an "urban canopy" and miles and miles of hike and bike trails, and esplanades, any day of the week. Education! Education! Education! Unfortunately, math and science are so much the "in" thing these days, while the liberal arts, the disciplines that make for a thinking, problem-solving, well-rounded citizenry, are pretty much out of fashion. Ah, well, what do I know. I am just an old dinosaur.
Wilburforce January 29, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I don't think the replanting of trees is any less important then education. I also think a cop or two downtown on Friday and Saturday nite ( walking ) is a good idea, with the small tax on alcohol licenses earmarked for the extra security.

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