August 17, 2011
One-by-one, the large metal pipes stacked at the construction site of the Shops at Stonefield are being put into the ground. Developer Edens & Avant tell CBS19 the retention pipes will be used for storm water runoff.
“These large, metal pipes are actually underground storage containers. All the storm water runoff will be stored in these pipes,” said Brad Dumont, development manager for the commercial project at the corner of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road.
The pipes will replace two intermittent, seasonal streams that are being covered by the foundation of the shops. One Albemarle County residents sees that as a problem.
“Streams can play a very important role within our growth areas,” said Lonnie Murray. “We don't need to remove them. They can exist side-by-side with development.”
Satellite maps show the streams and the storm water runoff that leads to Meadow Creek.
“What concerns me is that the public hasn't been made aware that there was a stream on the [Shops at Stonefield] site, and that the stream has been removed,” Murray explained.
Still, Edens & Avant are not being accused of any wrongdoing. Using the pipes, the natural storm water streams are being replaced with a retention facility. It will collect and store storm water, filter it and then send it downstream to Meadow Creek.
“We're making sure we've done above and beyond the current state regulations to make sure all that water is properly treated and cleaned before it's released downstream,” commented Dumont.
After causing drivers to do a double take for quite some time, the pipes won't be on the side of the road much longer. They'll be put in the ground at the Shops at Stonefield in the next few weeks.