The former site of the Keil Brothers gardening center in Bayside Hills isn’t a place for timber anymore.
Five city-owned trees and about 40 shrubs saw the buzzer last week, resulting in complaints from residents and fines from the Parks Department.
The trees were cut by the current owner, 48 Garden Realty LLC, according to Community Board 11 leaders who told The Courier that the Parks Department informed the board it has issued fines to the firm. The owner has begun a process to turn the lot into residential homes, according to the board.
“He probably took down the trees thinking he is going to make driveways,” Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said.