Followup: Newly apparent result of the Whole Foods site work

Last Tuesday, we checked on some work at the idled Fauntleroy/39th/Alaska construction site. WSB contributing journalist Christopher Boffoli was told “routine maintenance”; he checked back on the site while in the area today after a few days of rain and photographed the moat you see in the photo above:

As I passed the Whole Foods hole I did notice something that was not immediately obvious when I went over there the other day. It seems they dug a moat around the perimeter of the site to collect rainwater. And the pumps they have installed are draining the water from these drainage moats. No one was digging at the time I was there but there was a tractor on the eastern side of the site that is no longer there. So they must have done the work after I left.

While checking out the work from earlier in the week, we did talk to DPD, which does not have any current investigations open regarding the site. Interesting side note – If and when construction resumes at some point, the city does not have to be notified until there is something for which a city inspection is required, say, a foundation; the permits are open and construction could just resume without notice.

3 Replies to "Followup: Newly apparent result of the Whole Foods site work"

  • eileen October 18, 2009 (8:12 am)

    I’m surprised there isn’t a permit required from SDOT called a “side sewer permit for temporary dewatering on construction sites.”
    I Know this is not an environmentally critical area, but it meets all the other requirements. They aren’t allowed to dump water with so much sediemnt into the storm system. I have not seen a tank on site for allowing the sediment to drop?

  • wseye October 18, 2009 (8:44 am)

    Looks like they have installed a drainage system to deal with water build up. The site is stabilized at least, but what a mess!

  • KatherineL October 18, 2009 (8:57 am)

    Where are they pumping the water to?

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