More than a dozen trees along downtown Little Rock's Main Street were chopped down over the weekend as work began on a $1.6 million project to improve water runoff in the area.
But the tree-clearing was apparently halted, at least temporarily, after concerns about the work surfaced.
“I hope that we can persuade the city to modify their landscape plan and save the trees," Jimmy Moses of Moses Tucker Real Estate, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette over the weekend. "I think that would be in the community’s best interest."
The newspaper reported that Mayor Mark Stodola ordered the cutting stopped so he could discuss with Main Street property owners whether some of the trees can be saved. Fifteen oaks have been removed so far.
A message left seeking an update from a city of Little Rock spokesman wasn't immediately returned Monday morning.