The apartment buildings have become too expensive to maintain as of late, the city's park and planning director said.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the project will continue as scheduled.
It also asked all non-essential workers to stay home.
The council passed two ordinances related to the project 7-1 on Tuesday.
Officials want to make sure students are counted.
It's part of the city’s latest efforts to encourage “social distancing” to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“The whole point of a public health issue is not to bring everybody together."
The council's Tuesday meeting came shortly after the University of Maryland announced it would be extending spring break by a week and moving classes online for at least two weeks.
The “tree trimming” project was an attempt to increase safety measures for pilots flying at night, the airport's manager said.
Census response could determine federal funding for the city.