Conceptual Projects

The conceptual projects listed below were identified by the 2012 Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD Stormwater Study and the accompanying Stormwater Study Addendum.  There are many steps that occur in order for a conceptual project to move forward such as property acquisition and Intergovernmental Agreements. Due to the unknown nature of the next steps, it is possible that these projects may be removed from the list; however, if removed, the projects may be replaced with another project to help the similar area.


Bryan Middle School Gravel Lot

Status: Awaiting IGA with School District

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The gravel lot on the Elmhurst School District Property Bryan Middle School is currently used by the school district as a maintenance/equipment storage area.  Creating flood storage in the open space area adjacent to Bryan Middle School would significantly reduce the risk of flooding in two of Southwest Elmhurst’s flood-prone areas, specifically:  Saylor Avenue/Jackson Street & Spring Road/ Harrison Street. 
  
Bryan Middle School Gravel Lot Fact Sheet
Bryan Middle School Gravel Lot Project Updates
   

Crestview Park


Status: Rejected by Park District- Per Discussion at Park Board meeting on 2/10/16, the Park District is not in favor of the City's current proposal to approach the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about using the portions of the property for stormwater detention.  See Park District Board Meeting Minutes & Audio for more information (Crestview Park discussion begins at approximately 33:30 minutes).

Creating flood storage in the open space area of Crestview Park in conjunction with the construction of relief sewers would significantly reduce the risk of flooding for the flood problem areas in the neighborhoods located south of the park.  Approximately 1 acre-feet of flood storage can be created in the western portion of Crestview Park (north study area), and approximately 4 acre-feet can be created in the eastern portion of the park (south study area). The goal of this project is to provide a location to safely hold stormwater while maintaining the existing recreational uses of the park. 

Crestview Park Fact Sheet
Crestview Park Project Updates
    

     

Jackson School


Status: On Hold per request of School District-See letter below from School District dated 12/18/15.

Creating flood storage in the open space area adjacent to Jackson Elementary School would significantly reduce the risk of flooding the Saylor Avenue/Jackson Street flood-prone area in Southwest Elmhurst. The provided flood storage volume can be increased even further if the proposed flood storage area is expanded onto the open space area of the Christ United Methodist Church property, which is adjacent to Jackson Elementary School. The goal of this project is to provide a location to safely hold stormwater while maintaining the existing recreational uses of the school site.

Jackson School Fact Sheet
Jackson School Project Updates
  
Letter to School District 11.25.2015
Response Letter from School District 12.18.2015

York Community High School Project (Collegeview)

Status: On Hold per request of School District -See letter below from School District dated 12/18/15.

The creation of flood storage in the open space areas adjacent to York Community High School, in conjunction with the construction of relief sewers, would significantly reduce the risk of flooding for the homes in the Collegeview flood problem area in Elmhurst. The goal of this project is to provide a location to safely hold stormwater while maintaining the existing recreational uses of the school site. Conceptual facility improvement plans will be developed with the intent of maintaining the existing soccer field/track and field facilities on these sites.

During significant storm events, pipes would divert water away from the flood-prone areas and convey it into the flood storage areas on the York Community High School property. The facilities would be designed to completely fill for the 100-year design storm event; stormwater would be held temporarily at the site and then drain by gravity to the existing storm sewer system. The total period of inundation would be less than 24 hours. For storm events that exceed a 100-year frequency, an emergency overland flow route will be constructed that passes excess flows to the west. This maintains the current drainage patterns in this area and protects the buildings on the school property from flooding.


York High School Fact Sheet
York High School (Collegeview) Project Updates

   
Letter to School District 11.25.2015
Response Letter from School District 12.18.2015

Wild Meadows Trace


Status: Rejected by Park District- Per Discussion at Park Board meeting on 2/10/16, the Park District is not in favor of the City's current proposal to approach the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about using the portions of the property for stormwater detention.  See Park District Board Meeting Minutes & Audio for more information (Wild Meadows Trace discussion begins at approximately 37:00 minutes).

Creating flood storage in the open space area of Wild Meadows Trace would significantly reduce the risk of flooding for the Seminole Avenue/Cottage Hill Avenue flood problem area. This project would provide flood-reduction benefits to 4 homes in a
100-year design storm event. Approximately 3 acre-feet of flood storage can be provided in the open space area of Wild Meadows Trace adjacent to the Illinois Prairie Path. The conceptual project cost is $0.42 million and the construction timeline is estimated at approximately six months.

The goal of this project is to provide a location to safely hold stormwater without disrupting the existing recreational uses of the
site. Conceptual facility improvement plans were developed with the intent of maintaining the existing open space area of the park, but would include a new bike path connection and the area would also be enhanced with several newly planted trees.

To minimize the impacts on the usability of the site, stormwater would not be diverted into the site unless the street ponding along Seminole Avenue becomes so severe that it overtops the curb and enters the proposed flood storage area to the south. Less frequent, non-flood causing events would not impact the site, as stormwater would bypass the area and drain to the existing storm sewer system. For more significant storm events, stormwater would be held temporarily at the site and then drain out by gravity to the existing storm sewer system, with a total inundation period of less than 24 hours.


Wild Meadows Trace Fact Sheet
Wild Meadows Trace Project Updates