At present this parcel is an old apple orchard with 2 single family residences at the south end, trees between them and the orchard, and trees at the north end. The existing residences will be demolished. The post card sent to nearby residents states: “The proposed project is for 16 unit multi-family units. Each ranch style unit has, two bedrooms, its own entry and a single car garage.” Here is the revised proposed site plan.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Record your existing Flooding problems and concerns!

There are flooding problems in Virginia Park and adjacent neighborhoods.  It is important to document the existing problems, and report them to the City.  The concern is that the proposed Condo development on the Glendale orchard may increase storm water runoff, and therefore cause more flooding.

Please use the Comment section here to describe any basement or yard flooding on your property, or street flooding in your area.  Please include your address, along with any other information you post.

To Comment:  In the slightly gray bar immediately below, click on # comment.  A box “enter your comment” appears, with “Select profile” below it.  Enter your comment, then pick a Profile from the drop-down; if you choose Anonymous, you will be asked to enter the displayed word or phrase to prove you are not a robot.  Finally, click on the Publish button.

Thanks for your help!
Lynn Borset


  1. 322 Virginia Ave. In the spring thaw and rains we always have water in our basement, little streams and puddles. Of more concern is the street flooding at the intersection of Virginia and Charlton. The rain/storm water completely covers the intersection during even a moderate rainfall.

  2. 1810 Abbott (near Glendale): In heavy rain, water comes up our basement floor drain and floods the basement. This did not occur prior to the next door house building a driveway and garage right on the property line on the steep downhill to the back yard--a project which, it should be noted, passed the city inspection process.

  3. To Whom It May Concern:
    Water comes into my basement with every moderate to heavy rain and every substantial snow melt. The basement does not “flood” exactly, because my basement drain works well, but it is common for me to need to “sweep” water into the drain for a few days after a good rain or snow melt. Two things complicate this situation. First, the home of my neighbor to the east is only a little over eleven feet from my home and we share a driveway. This makes it quite impossible to grade our lots in the way that is most often recommended, in order to direct rain away from our foundations. The west side of my home is only a little more than ten feet from my neighbor’s house, and there again, there is simply too small an area to grade the area next to our homes in the way that is recommended. The second complication is that years ago the city granted permission for one of my neighbors to change the natural topography of his property so that his yard, at the back property line, is approximately three feet higher than all the adjoining properties. (If you picture the neighborhood as a sheet cake cut into rectangles, his back yard has two layers instead of one. The extra height is held up by a cinder block wall on the east side, and boulders on the west side.) This causes the low part of my yard to be quite spongy in the spring or whenever there is a lot of rain, and my backyard neighbors, on Abbott, sometimes have standing water at the back of their yards.
    Kathy Boris
    1726 Charlton
    February 9, 2013

    Good quote from our City Administrator about flooding near the end of this article:

  4. 1706 Charlton: During heavy to moderate rainfall and snow melt, standing water accumulates in different areas throughout the basement. Substantial money has been spent on waterproofing the floors and walls of the basement, but water still seeps in throughout the year. Anything stored directly on the basement floor is sure to get damaged by the water and as such, anything stored in the basement is set off the floor a few inches. Standing water accumulates in both the front and rear yards during even mild storms due to what I suspect is high clay volume in the soil and an already overburdened storm sewage system. Additionally, standing water and flooding on the street often occurs during substantial rainfall and snow melt throughout the year.

  5. No need to wait for the spring thaw... There is standing water in our rear yard now and the sump pump runs continually. The snow melt is especially concerning this year.

  6. 1809 Abbott:
    With every heavy rainfall (or when the snow melts), water accumulates in my downward-sloping driveway. Although I hire a handyman to pressure clean the drain periodically, it continues to clog and the water will not drain into the street. Instead, it floods into my basement. I must walk bucket after bucket of water from the bottom of the driveway and pour it into the street. I must "sweep" the water out of the basement as well. Water pouring downhill from Glendale flows down my driveway and adds to this problem. I am very concerned.