Former ‘city farm’ to be mined for sand and gravel
Currently and perhaps for the next year, the project will focus on three acres in the southwest corner of the field, he said.
Passersby are seeing earth-moving equipment on the land and a berm created of stripped soil along Route 36.
Garrison said that in March to May, the stripping of soil on those three acres will progress to extracting sand and gravel and the berm will be landscaped with grass and trees.
The berm, he said, "provides a safety barrier and landscape barrier from the highway … People driving by won’t have direct sight. They may see the top of a piece of equipment.
"The (goal) is to have minimal impact on surrounding neighbors and the community," he said.
Garrison said the processing of extracted sand and gravel will not occur on the "city farm."
Instead, the material will be conveyed to and processed at Urbana Materials, a Morrow Gravel Company plant on Muzzy Road. Access to the plant will be through an opening in the tree line at the back of the "city farm."
Garrison said sand and water will be reached as workers initially excavate to 30-40 feet below the surface. In about a year, following the extraction of sand and gravel, the three-acre parcel will become a lake.
Workers then will proceed to an adjacent area, about three to four acres, and repeat the process, he said, adding that anticipated sales of sand and gravel will determine the pace of the project.
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