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Cottage removal, stormwater design, and permitting all in the works
Within a few days of the city's purchase of the property at 91 Coquina Ave., work started on the multi-faceted project to develop a small neighborhood park on the site and make improvements to aid in stormwater management.
One of initial tasks was removal of the small cottage located on the site. The city offered to give the structure to a suitable person or organization that could commit to relocating and preserving the cottage. After reviewing the proposals, the one submitted by the Florida Agricultural Museum was selected.
Originally the cottage was to be moved by the end of September, but then Hurricane Dorian happened. Though not a storm with a lot of damage in its wake, it did put a hold on some aspects of the project including preparation of its relocation site at the museum, the planned schedule with the house movers, and city staff's time dedicated to secure the various permitting requirements from the state for the improvements related to portions of the stormwater management. The removal of the cottage is now anticipated by mid-October.
Due in part to the flooding experienced by area roadways and homes from Hurricane Dorian, and the potential of additional flooding from lunar tides, the city's Public Works Department will not wait for the house to be moved, but will begin the site work starting on its original schedule of September 30. This initial work will include raising the property's elevation and end wall as well as the removal of invasive plants, and trimming of others as scheduled.
To follow the progress of the new park, connect with the city on social media @CityStAug.