Tree replacement begins at North Christian

State workers will begin replacing dead or dying red maples and arborvitae trees in parking lot islands of North Christian Church in the coming days, according to church leaders and officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The six-week, $267,869 project is a mitigation effort in the wake of the department’s widening of National Road, which runs along the church property, in 2009. North Christian trustee Mike McGill said the work not only will improve sight lines in the parking lot but will make the area safer at night because of better visibility.

By next week, the unhealthy arborvitae trees will begin to be replaced with inkberry holly trees, a shorter evergreen. The maples will be replaced with other maples.

North Christian is celebrated internationally both for its Eero Saarinen building design and its Dan Kiley landscape design.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.