Store owner chops down tree

Posted at: 01/22/2013 6:47 PM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 6:55 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A new shop in Nob Hill chopped down a city-owned tree over the weekend.

Savvy Boutique on Central and Wellesley is opening soon and owner Dave Sanchez wanted his store signs to be more visible. So he had an eight-year-old tree cut down on Sunday.

Some people in Nob Hill have quickly spoken out against what the store did.

"The owner is going to have a hard time doing business in this community because the word is getting out," Doug Lopez said.

Lopez has lived in Nob Hill for years and sat in the community meetings about new trees coming into Nob Hill to restore its appearance several years ago, which the chopped down tree came from. The city called the tree being chopped down "vandalism" and is pursuing restitution from Dave Sanchez.

"I think it makes it look more like a concrete jungle. The trees add that humane, a human scale aspect to the area," Paul Steinberg said, who works at Birdland, just a few shops away from Savvy Boutique.

The city said Savvy will pay to dig out the stump of the old tree and pay for a new tree in its place. Dave Sanchez posted a statement on the shop's Facebook page apologizing for cutting down the tree and explaining it was so his store could be seen easier from potential customers.

But Doug Lopez said one tree is not enough.

"Plant a tree or many trees in this city because you're never gonna find a specimen a foot in diameter. I don't think you could find a hole big enough to replace that tree" he said.

The city said Savvy should get on taking out the old stump within the current week.