Here’s the dirt on that big mound in Kill Devil Hills
Some expressed concern over the potential height of the new building and whether the extreme elevation would create a storm-water runoff problem.
The occupant of the lot will be an AutoZone store, and no, the new building is not competing with Jockey’s Ridge or the dune at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
A citizen queried the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners about the lot at it July 9 meeting.
Meredth Guns, the town’s assistant planning director gave the short answer: Don’t worry!
The site developer is using a type of soil compaction called the “surcharge method.” It uses the force of gravity to compact the soil. Over the next three weeks ,the soil will compact naturally, then the top 5 to 8 feet will be removed before construction.
There will also be sufficient storm-water retention to handle a 10-year, two-hour storm (4.3 inches).
The final elevation will be 13 feet, which Guns said is about equivalent to that of the nearby Walgreens.
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