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DeLand to spend $435,000 on downtown tree, paver makeover

The Daytona Beach News-Journal logo The Daytona Beach News-Journal 7/2/2019 By Katie Kustura, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
a car parked on the side of a road: The Drake elm trees along West Indiana Avenue between North Woodland Boulevard and Florida Avenue in downtown DeLand will be removed later this summer and replaced with Cathedral Live Oak, Magnolia and Japanese Blueberry trees. [NEWS-JOURNAL/KATIE KUSTURA] © NEWS-JOURNAL/KATIE KUSTURA/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS The Drake elm trees along West Indiana Avenue between North Woodland Boulevard and Florida Avenue in downtown DeLand will be removed later this summer and replaced with Cathedral Live Oak, Magnolia and Japanese Blueberry trees. [NEWS-JOURNAL/KATIE KUSTURA]

A portion of downtown DeLand along West Indiana Avenue is getting a makeover.

The Drake Elm trees in the streetscape between Woodland Boulevard and Florida Avenue will be replaced by Cathedral Live Oak, Magnolia and Japanese Blueberry trees, city spokesman Chris Graham said Tuesday in a news release. The existing concrete, pavers and soil in those areas also will be replaced.

The City Commission on Monday night awarded the project to Green Construction Technologies Inc., which bid $434,691.60.

The work is expected to begin later this summer and should take about three months to complete, Graham said.

The West Indiana Avenue streetscape was constructed nearly 30 years ago, and since then several of the Drake Elm trees have died or failed to flourish due to the lack of room for proper root growth, Graham said.

The streetscape is about a tenth of a mile and runs between the old Volusia County courthouse and the county's Tag and Title Office.

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