A proposed development on Geneva’s east side has prompted an outcry from residents who want to save about 75 burr oak trees — some of them 300 years old — from being cut down to make way for a warehouse. Several attended the city council meeting Monday to advocate for saving the trees that are part of a 211-acre proposed annexation and rezoning at the intersection of Route 38 and Kautz Road. Brian Maher of Geneva Township said he opposes one of the eight buildings — known as Building Five — because it would require the destruction of burr oaks that are older than the city of Geneva, which was founded in 1835.

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