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Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project
April 25, 2023 - Public Information Meeting (PIM)
There was a PIM on Tuesday April 25, 2023 in the Fox Point Village Hall Board Room to provide an update on the progress of the project. Representatives from each of the companies involved in the project were available to answer residents' questions. Below is the power point that was presented.
Beach Dr Coastal Resiliency Project
Public Information Meeting
There will be an in person Public Information Meeting (PIM) Tuesday, April 25, 2023 starting at 6:00pm in the Village Hall Board Room. Residents can also attend virtually via a Zoom link included in the letter below. Our contractors and the consultant (MSA) will be in attendance to answer questions. Village Hall is located at 7200 N. Santa Monica Blvd with the Board Room on the second floor. Below is the letter that was sent to Beach Drive and Beach Court households.
DNR Public Hearing November 15, 2022
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing concerning the permit to construct a coastal rip rap revetment structure along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The public hearing was Tuesday November 15, 2022, at 6:00PM at the Fox Point Village Hall, 7200 N Santa Monica Blvd. Public comments are due to the DNR by November 25,2022. Please see the attachment for more details and how to provide your written comments. The attachment also has a link and instructions how to access the application and plans.
DNR Public Hearing Nov. 15, 2022
November 16, 2022 Project Update
MSA has prepared three addenda related to the project, some of which affected the drawings previously included on this page. This update includes the most recent plans that incorporate changes made in the addenda and can be found in the document below.
Additionally, the bid opening occurred November 15, 2022, and seven contractors submitted bids to perform the work. The bids range from approximately $3.7 million to $6.2 million and can be found through the link below. A recommendation to award the project will be made at the December 13th Village Board Meeting. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak for or against the possible award.
October 25, 2022 Project Update
Staff has been working with MSA, the DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers to obtain the permit to perform the work along the shoreline. After some discussion with the DNR, it appears that they will issue the permit in December and will send out a public notice of the project in the next week. A public hearing, conducted by the DNR, will be held on November 15, 2022, at Fox Point Village Hall. Details of the public hearing will be provided by the DNR in their public notice.
The most recent drawings for the project are also provided below. These drawings were uploaded to an online bidding site and, to date, more than 20 contractors have pulled the plans and specifications for the project. At this time, MSA is working on an addendum to the project based on our discussions with the contractors and the DNR and is expected to issue the addendum by the end of the week. Please note that the plans will change based on the addendum to be issued.
Bidding, which was originally scheduled for early October then moved to October 26, has been moved again to November 15. This is to accommodate the changes to the drawings stemming from our discussions with the DNR and the contractors. We are anticipating award the work at the December Village Board meeting which may be contingent on the price of the work. Current cost estimates to complete the project, including the water main, is approximately $7,000,000.
Project Updates - August 30. 2022
Village staff has been working with MSA, the DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize the plans, specifications and permitting for the project. The project is at an approximate 95% completion level waiting on comments from the DNR and Corps before finalizing the work. The Village held a Public Information Meeting (PIM) on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm at Fox Point Village Hall to discuss the design, project schedule, landscaping and public access. Interested individuals interested in viewing the PIM may click on the following link HERE.
At the meeting, staff and our consultant, (MSA) discussed the revetment design, public access and proposed landscaping features. A copy of the presentation may be reviewed by clicking on the presentation link below. The draft drawings may be reviewed by clicking on the included link. The drawings show existing and proposed conditions, storm sewer improvements, landscaping and erosion control components. Please note that the landscape plan is still being reviewed by staff and is subject to change.
PIM presentation August 23, 2022
At the meeting, attendees requested the ability to comment on the proposed revetment project. Staff noted that a comment form would be made available but that comments needed to be limited in nature; that is, the design and location for the revetment has been established based on discussions with WDNR and the Corps and changes to the revetment design are extremely unlikely. However, interested parties may comment on the landscape plan, public access, and the such. The comment form can be accessed by clicking on the following link.
Original Project information
In late 2019 in response to increasing lake levels, Village staff retained consultants to document the shoreline erosion and damage that was occurring along Beach Drive (predominantly along the road sections). Between mid-October 2019 and early December 2019, portions of the shoreline had eroded up to seven (7) feet due to the impacts from the higher lake levels, wind and wave action. In November 2019, staff began working with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) to prepare and submit a grant application to FEMA that would assist in creating a more resilient environment along the shoreline. The application was submitted to FEMA at the end of January 2020 and in mid-summer 2020 we were informed that the Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project was selected by FEMA for funding.
After being selected, staff worked with our initial consultants and WEM to provide clarifying information and materials to FEMA as they continued their review of the project. In June 2021, we were informed that the Programmatic Environmental Assessment was completed by FEMA, a requirement for projects that will receive funding over $1 million. The Large Project Notification process was completed late summer 2021 and was officially awarded in September 2021.
In early 2021, MSA was selected to finalize the design for the resilient investment project and who developed concepts that were considered by residents along Beach Drive as well as all stakeholders in the Village. A Public Information Meeting (PIM) was held on August 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Village Board Room to solicit input.
Comments were received and shared with MSA and a meeting was held with the Village Board to discuss the comments and provide an update on design options. Residents were encouraged to view the Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project Story Map which provides the reader with information on the project timeline, existing compared to past conditions, and an inventory of photos taken during the 2019-2020 time period where the shoreline suffered damage and our contractors provided temporary stabilization of the shoreline. The site is located at the following link: https://arcg.is/1uP89C.
Please check back to this page regularly for updates on the project.