Belmont-Forest Urban Biocells
Green infrastructure continues to improve stormwater management and add beauty in the central Toledo Junction neighborhood.
The newest project, now underway, is two bioretention cells on vacant lots at the corner of Belmont and Forest Avenues. Partners in the project are TMACOG, the Junction Avenue Community Group, and the City of Toledo. Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. was awarded the contract for the project oversight, landscape design, and inspection for the project. Schoen, Inc. was awarded the contract to do the construction: excavation, piping, and curb adjustments. Follow updates to the project on the webpage here.
The joint lots will be engineered and excavated to create boiretention cells maximizing the 0.75-acre combined lots. Curb cuts with piping under the existing sidewalks will allow stormwater flowing along the street gutter to enter into the cells through swales. The bioretention cells will hold stormwater flows during rain events thereby reducing the volume of water going into the combined sewer system, and potentially relieving some overflow into Swan Creek. It is estimated that these cells with a combined 4.3-acre watershed will remove more than 760 lbs. of TSS (Total Suspended Solids) per year. This project is funded by a $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) sub-grant of the Ohio EPA Maumee River Sediment & Nutrient Reduction Project.