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Hunter Acres Pond Project
The objective of the Hunter Acres Pond Project is to preserve and enhance both the water quality and flood control benefits for downstream waters. These objectives will be achieved by rebuilding the outlet structure and dam of the pond.  The road and neighborhood connectivity will be restored in the process.

Hunter Acres Pond Project Map

Hunter Acres Pond is a 3.5 acre pond located in north Charlotte near Derita between West Sugar Creek Road, Gibbon Road, and Christenbury Road.  Crestland Avenue is a neighborhood street that runs across the top of the earthen dam forming the pond.  The dam was determined to be unstable with a reasonable risk that the dam could fail.  Thus Crestland Avenue was closed and the dam was breached in January 2010 to prevent damage that a failure could cause. The long term improvements will include reconstructing the dam and restoring the road.
Estimated Cost:  $2 Million
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.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Hunter Acres Pond Project through the phases listed below.

Planning Phase (Completed 2009)
During the planning phase, several improvement alternatives were developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.  A recommended alternative was selected and used as a guide for the design. 

Design Phase (Completed October 2010)
The engineering consultant worked closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design.  The design is not considered complete till all permits are obtained as the regulatory agencies may provide input which can influence the final design.  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.

Permitting Phase (Completed October 2010)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within CMU rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The design must also be approved by North Carolina Dam Safety.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed)
The City works with citizens and organizations to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs).  The City requests that SDEs and TCEs be donated to provide access to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  The essential easements were donated during 2010.

Bid Phase (Completed April 2011)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder was awarded the construction contract.  Harvest Environmental Services, Inc. was awarded the contract.

Construction Phase (Completed August 2012)
Construction on the Hunter Acres Pond Project was stopped due to issues with the contractor and bonding company. Because of these concerns, the construction contract with Harvest Environmental has been terminated. On-Site Development, LLC (On-Site) has been contracted to finish the project. On-Site is the same contractor that completed recent pond work activities. Construction is scheduled to resume in early April 2012, with anticipated completion and reopening of Crestland Avenue this fall. Pending state regulatory approval, the pond will be ready to store water by spring 2013. The Project Team is committed to completing the project and apologizes for the delay.

Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector. There are two noticeable phases on projects like this one: major construction and revegetation. The major construction work will be completed in the first six to nine months, weather permitting. Major construction involves earth work, concrete work, and other activities typically associated with a construction project.

Since this dam is regulated by Dam Safety, Dam Safety must review the construction records before the pond can be refilled. Once Dam Safety has reviewed the construction records and determined it was built satisfactorily, they will give permission to impound. At that point the pond can be refilled.

After the major construction is complete, the revegetation phase will begin. This phase takes a couple growing seasons and is susceptible to things like drought.

Project Team:

Gregory M. Cole, P.E.
City Project Manager

Gina Hodges
City Construction Inspector

John Schrum, P.E.
Senior Water Quality Engineer

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Amy Bice
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


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December 2011
August 2011
April 2011

Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2011 
October 24, 2009