Kudos to the proposal for a Harris-Teeter grocery store at 136 Merrimon Ave. (on the corner of E. Chestnut and Merrimon). The site is the location of the former Deal Motor Cars; before that, there was a mansion built by George W. Pack — the same Pack of Pack Square and Pack Library.
Mr. Pack, himself a lumberman, had a special fondness for magnolia trees and planted them in places significant to his lifestyle. Presently, there is a 100-plus-year-old magnolia standing on the southwest corner of the lot where the proposed store is to be built.
[According to Steve Vermillion] of Charlotte-based property management company Merrifield Patrick Vermillion, the tree would have to be destroyed in the interest of the project. He told me that smaller trees would be planted to replace it.
I suppose my interest in the matter makes me a tree hugger by proxy, but so be it. This tree is an irreplaceable, historically significant evergreen that has beautiful summer blooms and has graced its spot for as long as I remember. Countless people have remarked to me of the beauty of the tree, unaware of the future peril it faces.
Many of us remember the recent brouhaha that ensued when destroying the magnolia tree [at City-County Plaza] was discussed. I am suggesting a similar action of opposition to the destruction of this tree.
— Dennis Hill