Dozens of trees on Crosby Avenue in Kenmore will fall this summer -- and their fate is being met with relative silence.
The trees will be dug up as part of a $1.2 million project to reconstruct the sidewalks, street, water and sewer lines on Crosby between Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Road.
Kenmore officials say the trees, some as old as the 101-year-old village, have reached their life expectancy and are weakened by carpenter ants, disease and pollution.
At a meeting in the Municipal Building on Tuesday, residents seemed resigned to losing their towering silver maples, which in some cases form a canopy across both sides of Crosby.
Neighbors instead asked questions about when the project will start, how long it will last and when they won't be able to park on their street or in their driveways.
Mayor John W. Beaumont said residents won't be able to park on Crosby for about six weeks of the six-month project.
But he said they will realize the value of the project for years to come, thanks to better water and sewer services, new trees and a reconstructed street and sidewalk.
"Our goal is that you people on Crosby are happy at the end of the project," Beaumont said.
"We know you're not going to be happy during the project."
The work is out to bid. Once the village selects a contractor, construction could start in April, said Bruce L. Shearer, a project manager with Nussbaumer and Clarke engineers.
The work will be done in phases. Workers will install new water, storm and sanitary sewer lines, and set new sidewalks, driveway aprons, curbs, a street base and asphalt, Shearer said.
When the street and sidewalks are being reconstructed, residents will have to park on side streets, or at the parking lots of Kenmore Middle, Longfellow or Lindbergh Elementary schools.
They will be able to park in the school lots only when school isn't in session.
The village will give homeowners the chance to select the new tree for their front lawns.
Beaumont said the trees will begin to show their new colors within eight to 10 years.
Similar street work on Warren Avenue inspired almost every homeowner on the block to spend on new siding, an awning, a porch, new windows or other improvement projects, said Charles J. Sottile, supervisor of the Department of Public Works.
"That's the most-improved block in the village," Sottile added.
He said that the project would be "not so good" for residents for nine months, but that they would appreciate it in 2002.
Beaumont corrected Sottile, noting that the inconvenience and discomfort would last only six months.
"This isn't pregnancy, Chuck -- this is a construction project," he added, drawing laughter.