Brunswick’s chief public engineer on Wednesday updated city commissioners on the progress of a project to improve stormwater drainage in one of the city’s northern neighborhoods.
The joint project between the city and the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission is aimed at mitigating flash flooding in the Magnolia Park neighborhood. Crews with Brunswick-based contractor EMC Engineering Services are in their third week of surveying underground utilities, according to Garrow Alberson, city engineer.
Within the next two to three weeks, crews will begin conducting topographic surveys of the area, and will then compile the data into a more comprehensive plan to reconfigure drainage patterns, Alberson told commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting.
Once completed, the design will impact every street in Magnolia Park, particularly trouble spots on Cherry Street and Formosa Circle off Pinewood Drive.
Alberson expects the topographic survey to take about three weeks to complete. The city and JWSC are splitting EMC’s fee of $117,050 equally.
In an unrelated matter, the city amended its Altama Community Transformation District and Urban Redevelopment plans to both include the development of workforce housing. The amendment comes as the city moves forward with the Perry School site housing development site on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, as well as another proposed low-income housing development off Altama Avenue near the Exchange Club fairgrounds.
Atlanta-based developer MVAH Partners is seeking to built an 84-unit apartment complex off Altama Avenue using low-income housing tax credits. The credits are awarded in November by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and are competitive in nature. The amendments to the plans would likely make the site more attractive to the DCA, and may improve the chance of the tax credits being awarded to the developers.
Commissioners also approved a $32,410 contract with the planning firm Mullens & Lonergan to compile reports and data for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Affirmative Fair Housing Plan is a HUD-mandated requirement that is used to determine the city’s competitiveness for community development block grants. Mullens & Lonergan will craft the reports for the city over the course of the next 14 months.
On the other side of the balance sheet, commissioners learned Wednesday that the financial institution OneMain Financial and community development nonprofit Main Street America awarded the city a $25,000 grant.
The money will be used for new trash receptacles, planters and other improvements along Norwich and Newcastle streets, according to Mathew Hill, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority of Brunswick.
Brunswick was one of only six cities in the United States to receive the grant.
City administrative assistant Kristile Heck also updated commissioners on the final tally from the Citywide Cleanup, held April 28. More than 240 volunteers from 30 groups picked up a about five tons of garbage, including 91 tires and 7,895 pounds of loose litter. The second-annual event lasted two hours and targeted areas throughout the city. The effort was spearheaded by Mayor Pro Tem Felicia Harris and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful.
Finally, commissioners approved appointments to two boards. Donald Lutes, David Bowers, Lance Sabbe, Charles Day and William Kitts were appointed to the newly formed Planning and Appeals Commission, which still has two vacancies.
Wendy Lutes and Marjorie Mathieu were re-appointed to the Downtown Development Authority board, and Rita Spaulding replaced an unexpired term vacated by Lynn Stewart.