by Andrew Crisp
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at 4 p.m.
City crews finished planting a new tree at Broad and 8th Streets in Boise's BODO district. The young sapling replaces an older than 70 year old sycamore which was removed on Sept. 25 due to disease.
ORIGINAL POST: Monday, Sept. 25, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
Crews began removing a large sycamore tree outside P.F. Chang's in the BODO area of downtown Boise this morning, while representatives from property managers Colliers International supervised.
The large tree, more than 70 years old, according to a Colliers employee, was infected with the fungus anthracnose, a disease that caused cankers and growths across the tree's trunk. The tree stood at the intersection of Eighth and Broad streets. Officials said the BODO development was built around the tree.
A wood chipper and crane occupied a portion of Broad Street before dawn this morning. By mid-morning, the crane swung boughs removed from the trunk by chainsaw over to the wood chipper, while a crew ran smaller branches through the machine.
A younger sapling is expected to be planted in the sycamore's place, with enough room allowed for it to grow to a similar size.