Fight over neighborhood's tree brews in Sunnyslope area

Residents of a north Phoenix community say their homeowners association is barking up the wrong tree.

The HOA wants to cut down a giant eucalyptus tree, one of the oldest in the neighborhood.

This drama is playing out at the Casa Del Norte Townhomes in Sunnyslope off 12th Street north of Northern. A sign on the tree says save our tree, don't kill me.

That's how many residents feel; they say the management is trying to cut the tree down, and they don't want that to happen.

The tree holds a special place in the hearts of residents at the townhomes.

"It is my favorite tree in the neighborhood, I used to play around it, we would take pieces of the bark and pretend they were boats," said Jady Rosete.

It towers over everything else; neighbors say cutting down the tree would be very wrong.

"It hurts my heart; this is a beautiful creation... why destroy something of such magnitude and beauty, this is a creation from God," said Pattie Olivo-Johnsen.

The management company for their homeowner's association has told them, the tree is harming the foundation of nearby units, but they say they've seen no sign of any problems. They can't understand why it has to be removed.

"Well we don't want it cut, it has been here a long time, you don't even need to live here to feel affected by having a tree of this size cut down," said Zarah Bucoy.

"It would feel really bad, I would cry," said Jadyn Rosete.

FOX 10 phoned, e-mailed, and visited Associated Property Management to get the company's side of the story about why the tree must come down. FOX 10 has not received an answer.

Meanwhile, residents say if the property manager tries to cut the tree down they will be standing in front of the tree, so it doesn't happen.
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