Second phase of Decatur’s storm water upgrade underway

The canvas fencing surrounding 250 East Trinity Place (the property at East Trinity and North Candler Street) is temporary construction headquarters and trailer staging area for phase two of the city’s storm water drainage improvements, just now commencing.

Eventually 1,200 linear feet of pipe will be installed, running under East Trinity (beginning at the fire station), then left on East Howard Avenue and left on Barry Street. The $1.36 million project is expected to take about a year.

According to Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne, the long-vacant East Trinity site has been owned for years the owners of DeKalb County’s Champion Newspaper. That property is zoned commercial and at just under a half acre, at 95 feet by 150 feet, is probably too small for any residential development, Menne said.

She added that the property, prime land and just several blocks from downtown, is currently appraised at a surprisingly low $339,800.