To the editor:
To the editor:
Bexley is a city with majestic trees. I feel very lucky to live among them. One of Bexley's most majestic trees is a beautiful, broad-crowned pin oak two lots north of us on North Roosevelt. I recently measured its circumference and calculated its age, based on a limb that fell from one of the pin oaks in my yard, likely a daughter of the majestic oak. The limb was 70 years old; the majestic tree is approximately 306 years old. It began its life around 1702. It was 30 years old when George Washington was born.
The oldest house in our neighborhood, we call it "the farm house," has a large picture window facing Roosevelt and another facing this tree. The owners can't see the tree from this window anymore because of the newer, neighboring house, but I am certain that was its initial purpose.
Hal Lieberman, owner of Fairfax Homes, has purchased the lot with the intent of building a new house. He wants to save this tree and I applaud him for that. He petitioned the Bexley Architectural Review Board at a zoning appeals meeting June 12 for two variances, to place the house closer to the street and closer to the neighbor to the north. His goal is to build a relatively large house without harming the tree.
My neighbors and I generally agree that giving up a part of our street's open look by allowing a new house closer to the street is worth it, if it will save the tree. Placing the new house closer to the neighbor's does not seem fair. The zoning appeals board seemed sympathetic on both counts. The board wants more information about the tree's health and the feasibility of building a house without harming the tree, very sensible. I hope that the zoning board will look very carefully at the feasibility of accomplishing what Mr. Lieberman wants to do, without killing the tree.
I know that we have plenty more trees in Bexley if this one has to be taken down. But a tree that was 200 when Bexley was founded and 100 when Ohio became a state deserves our respect and gratitude. I look at this tree every day and I am inspired by it. I hope that we all, our children and our future neighbors, will have the same chance. I hope above all that Mr. Lieberman does not take an axe to it simply because the house he has in mind won't fit in this magnificent giant's front yard.