“Many residents felt construction activities (at Grand Landing) were impacting the groundwater flow and flooding their residences,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
A number of residents spoke out at a recent meeting of the city's Planning Commission to express their concerns over the water issue. They said that once the condos and other developments rose at the Grand Landing site, so did the water levels when it rained.
“I was a little surprised at the Planning Commission public hearing when this came up,” City Councilman Bob Monetza said. “We need to know what this is before we proceed with further construction.”
Monetza was a city planning commissioner when the first phase of Grand Landing was proposed.
To try and get to the bottom of the issue, the city has hired the engineering firm of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber to conduct a $6,000 study that will:
— Review Michigan Department of Environmental Quality historic files to determine the range of water level variations that are known to have existed prior to site redevelopment.
— Review design/construction drawings for the Grand Landing structural foundations, the pre-Grand Landing and post-Grand Landing underground utility construction, and the location and design of the environmental slurry wall located immediately north of the Grand Landing site.
— Meet and visit nearby homeowners who have made wet basement complaints to evaluate recent and present conditions.
— Evaluate and summarize the information gathered during steps 1-3 and provide recommendations.
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