- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The city of Atlanta has imposed the maximum fine against a developer who cut down five large trees, each estimated to be about 150 years old.

Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Tim Keane told WXIA-TV (https://on.11alive.com/1Dw4PrI ) on Wednesday that Intown Renewal Developers must pay $11,400.13 for cutting down two white oaks and three poplars in the Ormewood Park community of southeast Atlanta.

Keane says the developers accepted full responsibility for cutting down the trees without permits.

Keane says Jody Kell, principal of the development company, told city investigators that Kell thought the contractor who cut down the trees had obtained permits.

Kell declined to comment on the incident to the television station. He says he is working with local organizations to find out where he can plant new trees.

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Information from: WXIA-TV, https://www.11alive.com/


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