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City of Pensacola officials were recently notified that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has approved a grant proposal to develop a low impact stormwater retrofit of the parking area and site of the proposed General Daniel Chappie James, Jr. Museum.

The grant proposal “Stormwater Retrofit Chappie James Home (historic site)” is for a total of $100,000 grant funds and $75,000 match funds for funding consideration from the Short term Section 319(h) grant administered by the Nonpoint Source Management Section.

The site plan for proposed improvement at the Chappie James Home. (City of Pensacola/Special to the Pulse)

The site plan for proposed improvement at the Chappie James Home. (City of Pensacola/Special to the Pulse)

City Revitalization Coordinator Helen Gibson said this project will contribute to community revitalization of the Eastside Redevelopment district and support tourism development. “In addition to providing an educational venue for visitors to understand the early history of a historical African-American military man, this grant will also allow the project to be developed as a model for on-site stormwater mitigation,” Gibson said.

The grant will fund the installation of the following best management practices: porous parking surfaces, dry retention pond, rain gardens with bio retention plantings and vegetated swales. It will make a contribution to stormwater management by retaining 100% of stormwater runoff during a 2 year storm event, reducing pollutants flowing to Pensacola Bay and Bayou Texar. It will simultaneously serve as a demonstration site for best management practices for low impact developments, showing simple installations that can be made by other property owners and small site developers as a means of contributing to pollution control and stormwater reduction.

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