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Pickway Pond Enhancement
Pickway Pond is an existing in-line wet pond within an unnamed tributary to Irwin Creek. The Pickway Pond Project will enhance water quality to downstream waters by repairing and stabilizing the dam embankment and dredging sediment that has accumulated in the pond. The watershed draining into the pond consists of over 37 acres of commercial and residential development. The pond is approximately 1 acre in size and is located in the Derita – Statesville are of North-East Charlotte. The Pickway Pond project is currently in the Design Phase. It is anticipated that the Permitting Phase, which overlaps the Design Phase will begin in the Summer of 2014.
- Provide water quality benefits by rehabilitating an existing, degraded pond.
- Repair the dam to a safe and functional state.
- Provide an urban storm water BMP.

Cost: $803,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.
Pickway Pond Enhancement
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Pickway Pond Project through the phases listed below. Specific work is conducted during each phase with an emphasis made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Feasibility/Conceptual Design Phase (Started March 2012, End December 2012)
During the feasibility/conceptual design phase of the Ashley Farm Pond Project, CMSWS evaluated the existing conditions of the pond and developed a conceptual design. This design was presented at a property owner meeting on July 26, 2012. The conceptual design will be used as the basis for design.

Property Easement Acquisition (Ongoing)
The City's real estate staff will work with citizens to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs). The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.

In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements (TCEs) are needed to access work areas during construction and future maintenance. Also, sanitary sewer easements (SSEs) will be acquired for sanitary sewer work necessitated by the proposed conceptual design.

The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months. However, the actual duration of the acquisition phase depends upon property owner coordination and cooperation.

Design Phase (Started January 2013)
Detailed construction drawings and specifications will be prepared for the Ashley Farm Pond project. Numerous details will be finalized, including the outlet structure, dam stabilization, potential utility relocations, and potential landscape changes. Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design. The design phase of a pond project typically lasts 12 to24 months. However, the design is not considered complete until all permits are obtained as the regulatory agencies may provide input which can influence the final design.

Permitting Phase (Completed Fall 2014)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Bid Phase (Started August 2014)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. The bid phase of a project typically lasts 5 to 6 months.

Construction Phase (TBD)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by City inspectors. Notifications of key construction dates will be mailed to residents prior to construction. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a pond project can last from 6 months to over 2 years.

Project Team 

Brant Smiley
City Project Manager

Amy Bice
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.

City Engineering Team Program Manager