The playhouse would include some reclaimed wood from the oak tree that was cut down, according to the city.
The 70-foot coast live oak, one of several Atascadero founder E.G. Lewis planted in the early 1900s, was deemed a safety hazard last fall after one of its large limbs fell on the sidewalk in 2013.
The playhouse request will go before the city’s Design Review Committee on Wednesday for consideration, because the former tree space is in the public right-of-way in front of the restaurant at El Camino Real and West Mall.
The committee may refer the item to the City Council since it ties into the possible formation of a comprehensive downtown replanting plan the council previously expressed interest in discussing. However, when council indicated at its October meeting that Sylvester's could cut down the tree, it didn’t require the restaurant to plant a new tree in its place.
The committee meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 106 in City Hall, 6500 Palma Ave.