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Settlers Market Stormwater Retention Ponds Update
Posted on October 1, 2023 7:00 AM by Jack Espinal, Board President
As you may know, the two large stormwater retention ponds (BMP–04 and BMP–06) located adjacent to the Village Walk neighborhood are owned by CPT Settlers Market LLC. Both of these ponds have only received interim approval for use by James City County and require a significant amount of work before they can be formally accepted by the county.
On September 17, 2023 James City County approved the plans submitted by Settlers Market to mitigate the multitude of problems with the two ponds. This work includes the enlargement of BMP–04 by the movement of the large retention wall on the northwest side of the BMP, installing survey markers to track possible movement, outflow barrel pipe repairs, fixing erosion issues, and adding 6-foot-high fencing. Work required on BMP–06 is significantly less and includes a spillway subsidence repair, downdraw angle corrections, and adding 6-foot-high fencing.
This project, with an estimated cost of between $1 to $2 million dollars, went to contractors for bid on September 26, 2023. Settlers Market plans to award the contract to the best qualified contractor on October 31, 2023. It is anticipated that the demolition and reconstruction work will begin on or about November 15, 2023. The work on the project is planned to be completed next spring.
This project is solely the responsibility of Settlers Market LLC and will be fully funded by them alone.
Resident Impacts: The only access for BMP–04 is off of Trailview. As a result, the largest impact of this construction project will be on the residents along Trailview. Representatives of Settlers Market have assured the NTRA Board of Directors that access to Trailview and parking in that vicinity will not be blocked or impacted by the construction. The materials staging area and parking for construction equipment will be in the Settlers Market parking lots adjacent to Settlers Market Boulevard.
The community will be kept informed as this project progresses.
Comment By: Kurt Lesher
Posted on October 5, 2023 3:38 PM
Hello to all, would like to thank all volunteers and full time staff. Well done to everyone. The wet lands referred to by NTRA as retaining ponds have always been drainage from the higher lands and county rains ending up in Town Creek. To keep the mud trail left by construction vehicles to a minimum within Village Walk, only one entrance to Trailview should be used near Shirley Park. Again thanks for what you do.
Thank you very much for your positive comments regarding the NTRA Board's efforts to ensure that the repairs to the two Settlers Market
BMPs are completed with the least possible negative impact on our residents in Village Walk. We will keep everyone informed as they work

You can help. Please be our eyes and ears. If you see something that is contrary to our agreements with Settlers Market, please let us know so that we can help find a fix for the problem.

Last Edited: 10/05/2023 at 04:33 PM