(CBS DETROIT) – Protesters say it is difficult to find affordable housing in Ann Arbor in their community.

“All of Washtenaw County, but Ann Arbor in particular, is caught in the middle of a truly terrible housing crisis,” said Fight Concord Pines organizer Tegwyn John.

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“I mean there’s not enough affordable housing for people to live in.”

The group is now uniting to stop developers tearing down a forest on Earhart Road near Geddes to build luxury homes.

“Even though they will be cutting down 70% of the iconic trees on the parcel they have proposed to develop, we agree with community members who have organized because we don’t believe Ann Arbor needs more luxury homes,” John said. .

The Toll Brothers’ plan to build 57 houses on a 39-acre site is turned down by the Fight Concord Pines group.

Protesters gathered for a peaceful protest on Monday that ended in two arrests after land defenders locked themselves in on construction equipment to halt development.

“We see less and less of the urban forests that define Ann Arbor as a Tree City, Tree City, USA, and we’re just worried community members who don’t believe these iconic trees should be destroyed in order to build more luxury housing,” John said.

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The two protesters were charged with trespassing before being released.

“We’re not demanding that anything ever be built there, but we’re saying this proposed development is wrong,” John said.

The Toll brothers sent the following statement to CW50 regarding the protest which reads in part between quotes:

We understand that sustainability and the preservation of the natural environment are integral to building exceptional homes and communities. We have worked closely with the City of Ann Arbor to carefully follow all city ordinances in the design of the community.

“Toll Brothers has a long history of working with the City of Ann Arbor to develop beautiful new welcoming communities that benefit the entire region.

We look forward to creating much-needed new homes for Ann Arbor families in an environmentally responsible way, including preserving and replanting hundreds of trees.

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