Leucadia, known for flooding, welcomed a brand new drainage problem with the first Barratt American project's completion. Some Sheridan/Andrew neighbors had been worried that the development did not fit Leucadia's community character. Turns out that the new development fits right in!
Sheridan was recently reengineered by Barratt. The photo above (click for large view) was taken after pumping cleared the southbound lane. City engineers have promised to pay that guy in the orange waders for the cost of pumping water away from his house. His house is down the driveway. Your tax dollars are being used for the pump rental. We better hope he doesn't flood because then we will paying for all of his flooring to be replaced.
Note the concrete pad in the drainage swale in the above photo (click for large view). The City got bent over and allowed Barratt to shove all the right of way work in a narrow strip (northbound lane, northbound parking, walkway, utilities, and drainage swale all squeezed in.)
After construction ended, residents pointed out that the utilities in the path forced kids to fall into the swale or into the narrowed northbound lanes. The City realized they got caught and they had to move the utility boxes out of the way. You think they would ask Barratt to help and put the utilities up on Barratt's property (where it should have been right of way in the first place). Everyone knows Barratt would have helped out, right?
Instead, the City decided to double up again and placed concrete slabs over the swale where the utility boxes can be moved onto them. See the new concrete that guy is standing on, that is it one of them. Unfortunately, there is a side effect. It works like a dam.
Who would have ever guessed?
Dig the wall/fence designed to keep those "blighted" Leucadian surfer/skater locals out of the shiny new Nantucket area. It's like a yuppie prison.
Barratt American CEO Michael D. Pattison (above) writes a regular column for the North County Times. There was a lot of controversy about this "Nantucket" home project, most of it having to do with ducking the proper grading permit process. Here Pattinson compares a man who skipped getting a grading permit to American civil rights hero Rosa Parks. link