A venerable oak tree on Nash Square downtown will be cut down on Thursday, prompting the city to close a block of Martin Street.
It will take most of the day for crews to take down the 90-foot-tall willow oak, which towers over the street on the south edge of the square. Martin Street will be closed between Dawson and McDowell streets at 7 a.m. and isn’t expected to open until 6 p.m.
The tree has been a part of Nash Square for more than a century. Old age and disease are forcing the city to take it down.