Local architect and Garden Court committee member Brent Martin said, “I received a phone call right before Christmas and was asked if it was true the City of Plymouth put a stop work order on the Garden Court project.” He said, “The answer is no.”
Martin explained why that rumor started.
Jackson Services cleared the site for the geo-technical company (GME). Additionally, they dug five (5) test holes to ascertain the extent and depth of the debris.
David Jackson had a “side deal” with a property owner across the street unbeknownst to the committee to place some of the fill dirt on his site. When you move soil from one site to another location you are supposed to have a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) when you deposit soil off site.
The City called Martin and asked him about the earth removal. He then contacted Jackson Services and informed them of the need to file for a SWPPP to move the dirt to another location.
David Jackson immediately stopped his side project.
Martin said the Garden Court project of course will have both a SWPPP and a storm water detention plan prior to actual construction. He also said the test holes revealed pretty much what was expected, shallow debris near Jefferson Street and 20-25 feet to the north line of the building. They did not find any indication of contamination in the test holes, which is good news, just lots of concrete, asphalt, brick, and earth mixed together.