Tree Preservation, Our African Rain Tree and a New Public Park

Updated October 21, 2012

Environmental preservation is a major consideration in developing Marina Lofts. Cymbal Development is undertaking a massive tree preservation campaign that will expertly preserve and relocate 75 trees that are currently onsite, including the historic African Rain Tree.

Together with our architect, Bjarke Ingels, we attempted to have the tree come out from within the parking structure, but we feared that the construction and concrete around the tree would shorten its life span. We then sought to preserve and relocate the tree along the Riverfront for the community to enjoy but a concerned neighbor pointed out that our buildings behind it might prevent it from receiving adequate sunlight. We commissioned a shadow study and showed it to the Chief Arborist at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, who is advising us on our massive tree preservation efforts, and he questioned whether our African Rain Tree would receive enough sunlight to thrive at that location. We asked him to advise the best location to ensure the Rain Tree’s survival, and he pointed to the corner of the community on SW 5th Street and SW 3rd Avenue where our building design extended. After examining the Rain Tree over a dozen times, spending hours with his air knife removing sand and dirt from the roots of the Rain Tree, and measuring viable locations where our African Rain Tree could thrive, he stated that that location provided ample space for the tree, and that no existing structure would shade it.

We immediately embarked upon the significant task of redesigning Marina Lofts, eliminating 35% of our phase 3 development to create Rain Tree Park where our African Rain Tree will flourish.

Understanding the significance of preserving and relocating the Rain Tree, Cymbal Development is hiring the leading tree removal and preservation company in the country – Environmental Design, to preserve and relocate the Rain Tree. Environmental Design has over 100 years of giant tree moving expertise, has preserved hundreds of trees greater in size than the Rain Tree over the last decade, and has done so with a 98% success rate.

Environmental Design is the same team responsible for moving and preserving the Pear Tree that miraculously survived the Sept. 11 terror attack – dubbed the Survivor – that is now a blossoming tree four times its size in 2001. We are similarly committed to our African Rain Tree.

The other 74 trees will also be preserved. Those trees that will not be relocated on site will be donated to the City of Fort Lauderdale for the community’s enjoyment.

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  1. […] than letting it flow into the adjacent river. The developers are also working with arborists to preserve 75 mature trees through relocation. This includes a local favorite, the historic Rain Tree, which will be moved to […]

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