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Olive Road retention pond receives approval from county
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Escambia County can now move forward with a project to build a retention pond near Olive Road.
Last night the commissioners agreed to give 175,000 dollars to a land-owner who wanted that amount instead of the county's appraisal amount.
Business owners and people who live in the area say a retention pond is desperately needed to combat flooding.
Kalie Desimone: "This wooded area behind Dreamland off Olive Road be the location for a new retention pond that will span nearly 7 acres."
"The birds are chirping and the frogs are croaking but this is hardly a picturesque pond."
Michelle Bodiford- Asst. Manager, Galaxy Floor Products: "It makes me nervous because I have a lot of materials in here that could get ruined."
This the standing water behind Galaxy Floor Products- a business located next door to the Dreamland. It's an unwanted pond that's causing all kinds of concern.
Michelle Bodiford: "If water hits them and shorts them, I'm going to be in trouble."
Just a block down the road on Brooklyn Street lives William Roberts.
William Roberts: "Here we get the water just coming down the road quite candidly."
He's lived on this street for more than 40 years and says flooding is a major problem.
William Roberts: "If it rains hard that water will go all the way across the road."
Roberts says he's thrilled the county made plans to build a retention pond in his neighborhood...
Wes Moreno: "Topography and geographically it was the natural spot for us to put the pond."
Wes Moreno is the Deputy Director of Public Works in Escambia County. He says this project didn't come without challenges.
The county made an offer to Skater's Choice Realty, the group who owns this land marked on this map with the numbers 3, 5, 6 and 7.
The county appraised the land for 120,000 dollars but that wasn't enough for Skater's Choice realty... They wanted 175 thousand dollars and ultimately they got it after last nights county commissioners meeting.
Wes Moreno: "Having to go over appraised value, you have to take into consideration the betterment of the community."
Kalie Desimone: "The hope is that by 2017 this wooded area would be cleared out and the retention pond would be in place."