The Master Downtown Stormwater System total cost is estimated to be $8,180,000, that's $180,000 in general bond funds and $8,000,000 in stormwater bond funds. Construction of a large stormwater storage and treatment facility is essentially a small lake to serve the downtown area which offers two major benefits. It relieves new development in the service area from having to separately deal with stormwater on each parcel, thereby allowing greater densities and flexibility of development. Developers will instead pay their fair-share of the facility’s cost. In addition, it serves as a major gateway water feature that offers additional recreational and park areas that extend the benefits of Starke Lake into the city core.
This project will also improve a small creek that runs along the northern boundary of the City Hall property. The proposed project area is from Bluford Avenue to Starke Lake and will turn what is little more than a drainage ditch into a major water facility for passive recreational use. More natural creek banks, enhanced landscaping, walking paths, and park furniture will be provided. Some acquisition of adjacent property may be required to treat both banks of the creek.
General Fund Capital Bond Construction Schedule
Conceptual planning work has already begun; extended construction time reflects initial core system construction & subsequent pipeline installation as part of several roadway projects.