O.. geez. I'm sorry to hear about this for sure. I've stood there in the parking lot admiring that tree more than once..garnered some questioning looks alright. Such a huge part of local history. Personally, I think some creative thinking should apply in this case and find a way to save it even if it's grafting some life elsewhere. Frankly, I don't but the rot story one bit. It's likely a view issue with the new build right there.. If it got saved someone would probably "bore" it and poison it anyway...remember the West End debacle?