The Chesterfield Heights and Grandy Village neighborhoods are transforming into coastal communities of the future.
The Ohio Creek Watershed project, named for the old creek that borders the neighborhoods, is a $112 million project that will reduce flooding and improve the quality of life in the communities for generations to come.
Three months of community input meetings wrapped up with a final conceptual project design (see attached map) that features coastal defense and storm water retention elements and new public amenities.
- Coastal defense elements include: living shoreline, 11-ft natural berm, raised road, floodwalls, tidal control gate and pump stations.
- Stormwater retention elements include: rain gardens, bioswales, increasing storm water pipe size underground, pervious paving, and stormwater parks.
- New public amenities include: wider and brighter pedestrian walkway at the Ballentine Blvd. underpass, a fishing pier, sidewalk improvements, fitness trail, new ball fields and basketball court.
Input is still needed. The public is encouraged to watch a short video and take the survey at norfolk.gov/ohiocreek.
The City of Norfolk Office of Resilience is managing the Ohio Creek Watershed project. The design team will now review the coastal defense and storm water retention elements. City staff plans another round of community meetings to plan the amenities in the next two months.
The Ohio Creek Watershed project was funded as part of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The deadline for project completion is September 2022. For project updates, check norfolk.gov/ohiocreek.
The Ohio Creek Watershed project is part of Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy and supports its three goals: design a coastal community capable of dealing with the increased risk of flooding, create economic opportunity, connect communities and strengthen neighborhoods.