At a recent City Council meeting, discussion continued on how to best move forward with developing flood-prone Ashville Park in Princess Anne.
"Mayor Louis Jones said he had reached an agreement with the developer to find a way to expand the neighborhood while also keeping enough open space to reduce flooding and improving drainage," PilotOnline.com reports today. "HomeFed, which owns Ashville Park, won’t build up to 44 homes on 17 acres of low-lying land. Instead, the company will give that land to the city for free."
The city could keep that land open or build stormwater retention ponds there if needed, the Pilot reports.
The agreement will cause the city to lose out on $2.7 million, but several council members said the tradeoff is worth it, reports the Pilot.
This image represents work plans before the developers decided to cut back the number of home to be built.
Stormwater improvements are in the offing and on August 7 council may vote to erase some 40 more houses from the development.
The next construction phase is set to begin next April and finishing by June of 2020, said the Pilot. There are already 299 homes there, with plans to top out at 455.
"Deputy City Manager Tom Leahy said the land the city will acquire from the developer will be available for stormwater retention ponds that could protect homes from flooding during an 100-year storm," reports the Pilot.
Councilwoman Barbara Henley, whose district includes Ashville Park, has led the charge to protect homeowners from future flooding and to try to work out a mutually beneficial deal with the developers and their legal counsel.