A large crane and long flatbed truck now are positioned at the site of the Shelton tree that will be cut down and transported to Rockefeller Center for the holiday season. The heavy equipment was moved to Kazo Drive on Wednesday, with workers placing the crane in the yard and parking the truck on the street directly in front of the tree. Wooden and metal platforms also have been set up in the staging area. (Story continues below) ----------------- Click below to see more photos of the staging area being set up: http:\/\/sheltonherald.com\/28736\/more-images-of-preparing-the-shelton-tree-for-removal\/ ----------------- Plans are to cut down the tree at 9 a.m. on Thursday. It will be moved by crane to the waiting 115-foot-long truck and driven to Manhattan, where it later will be decorated and put on display. The tree will be erected in Rockefeller Center on Friday. This year\u2019s tree-lighting ceremony will take place on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4. For much of the past week, tree workers could be observed methodically pulling back and tying branches on the tree with ropes to make the tree less wide so it\u2019s easier to move. This \u201cwrapping\u201d process was completed on Saturday. Tree is 76 feet high, weighs 12 tons According to publicity material for Rockefeller Center, the Norway spruce is on the property of the Vargoshe family. It is 76 feet in height and 47 feet in diameter, and weighs 12 tons. It is believed to be between 75 and 80 years old, and nearing the end of its life cycle. People who have spoken to Vargoshe family members said the tree originally was used as a balled, live indoor Christmas tree by a previous owner of their Kazo Drive house. After the holiday that year, the homeowner planted the tree in the front yard. It is believed this occurred in the 1950s. \u2018Will symbolize Christmas for the world\u2019 David Peters grew up a few houses away from the property where the tree is located. \u201cI would sit on that stonewall from kindergarten to high school, watching it get bigger and bigger,\u201d said Peters, who came to look at the tree on Wednesday afternoon. He now lives in Trumbull. \u201cThis tree will be symbolize Christmas for the entire world in a few more weeks,\u201d Peters said. \u201cIt will be the most famous tree in the world in a couple of weeks. It\u2019s one of the biggest things that could happen to this neighborhood.\u201d Cathy and Bill McDonald of Milford traveled to Shelton to check out the tree on Wednesday. \u201cI have a thing where if the [Rockefeller Center Christmas] trees are from Connecticut, I want to see it,\u201d Cathy McDonald said. \u201cTo us, Shelton is Jones Tree Farm \u2014 so where better a place for the Rockefeller Christmas tree to come from,\u201d she said. Looking at this year\u2019s selection, Cathy McDonald commented, \u201cI can see why they picked it.\u201d \u2018A fantastic feat\u2019 Nancy Gomes, who lives on Kazo Drive, called it \u201ca beautiful tree. When we would walk past the tree we\u2019d look at it because it is so tall.\u201d Neil Gollinger also was at the scene observing on Wednesday afternoon. \u201cIt\u2019s a fantastic feat to be able to take this tree and move it,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019ll bring joy to the world with this tree,\u201d Gollinger said.