Sycamore Sidewalk

The handsome sycamore that sits just inside Compo Acres Shopping Center — right near the Post Road/South Compo entrances — has been the subject of “06880” stories before.

In December, owner Equity One declared the tree to be a “defining aspect” of the property. Representative Michael Lai said that Equity One “takes its stewardship seriously.”

Just how seriously has come into question recently.

Compo Acres sycamore

The ongoing renovation project — very ongoing — has entered its sidewalk phase. Concerned Westporters wonder if the sycamore — which has already survived a construction-related “mulch volcano” (a potentially tree-killing layer was mounded against the trunk), and bark damage (a woman attached an advertising sign for a fitness center) — can withstand all the cement that will soon be poured around its base.


9 responses to “Sycamore Sidewalk

  1. We drove by the corner recently. Our comments were similar. Yes, leave the tree. It takes years to become that large and that beautiful.

  2. STOP SIGN NEEDED! It’s not just the tree that needs care. The back of the Compo Acres Shopping Center where customers exit to go to Compo Rd. South desperately needs a Stop Sign. Drivers shoot out from the back of the buildings as other drivers enter the same blind spot and it has just been a matter of luck that no accident has occurred. I spoke to the manager of TJ, and he went out to investigate and agreed. I just got off the phone with Mr. Dwight Gorman, the general property manager for this site at Equity One, and he said he will contact the local site manager. If others who shop at TJ and stores located there call, perhaps we can prevent a very serious accident. Mr. Gorman took my call seriously, but this sign is needed immediately. Phone: 212-796-1760.

  3. Wendy Crowther and I just happened to bump into the project manager late yesterday while looking at this situation. He was unaware of the whole backstory regarding this tree – but was, nonetheless, very decent and responsive. Given the regrettable carnage that seems to have occurred here (large, broken roots were visible) he agreed to immediately call back the arborist that we informed him was brought in by his client last fall to minister to this beleaguered notable tree. It is hard to assess, after the fact, the degree of damage that has occurred to what is one of the more significant trees in this town. Given that the area in question is within the ROW of two state roads, it is my understanding that our own tree warden has no jurisdiction. And I believe that 100%. Still, the permit for that sidewalk must have been pulled in Westport, so here’s my question: how is it possible that this clown car of a situation occurred? Our tree warden should be allowed to review situations where site disturbance such as this has the potential to cause harm to a street tree – whether it’s on the notable tree registry or not. Let’s make that happen. And Equity One, I’m not going to say anything about the fantastic plastic makeover of Compo Acres – I guess that’s just how you roll – but you guys have got to stop treating this beloved tree like it’s a site fixture.

  4. True, large trees, especially, aren’t meant to have cement sidewalks near their roots. You may notice some distress. Firs discolour, hemlocks bear more cones as a last ditch effort… not sure what a sycamore may do.
    Then again, trees do not live forever. Like us.