School gets ready to move big tree for building

University of Michigan prepares to move old, 65-foot-tall tree for business school expansion
Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 31, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is preparing to move a 65-foot-tall tree to make way for a $135 million addition to its business school.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1u2TFSg ) a crew recently began excavating around the oak, which is thought to be more than 200 years old.

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business project includes moving the tree from a courtyard at the north side of the Ross complex to a lawn area off Tappan Street.

Plans for the roughly $400,000 tree-moving project were announced earlier this year.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the tree probably will be moved this fall. Fitzgerald says consultants who visited the school’s Ann Arbor campus estimate that the tree will have a 70 to 80 percent chance of survival after the move.

Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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