~Water study to begin in next two weeks~

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

Magidson said he and Smallwood walked the property last week and determined the likely best spot and highest ground to be west of Miss Zola drive and along the axis of the Third Street turnaround on Baltzell.

That would put the two keepers’ quarters and oil house just south, near and partially on the historic Maddox property.

That is a bit west of the site proposed under the waterfront park plans.

However, after input from members of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, which spearheaded the waterfront park plans, members of the design team noted that the Magidson’s proposed location was one it had originally identified before being warned off due to potential impact on underground utilities.

Smallwood and Magidson suggested that the site was preferred, was likely the highest on the property and would require minimal permitting for “low quality” wetlands on the Maddox property.

Stakeholders in the project will meet on the property today for a workshop to identify the site. The next major steps in the relocation is identifying a site and performing soil borings in anticipation of foundation construction.

“We have to nail down the site and get the soil borings,” Magidson said. “It’s really time to move or cut bait.”



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