Churchill Downs Park Stormwater Basin Update July 7 2021

Jul 9, 2021 | Ward 4 News

The following was emailed July 7, 2021 by Harry Sheehan, Chief Deputy of Washtenaw County Water Resources, with a status update on the Churchill Downs Park Stormwater Basin project.

For more information, this is the City page for Churchill Downs park:

This is the Washtenaw County’s website page with more information about the stormwater basin project :

For questions, please contact Harry Sheehan, Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner for Washtenaw County (

I previously posted about this project:

Dear Churchill Park neighbors,

Here is the status of our efforts to bring this project to construction.

As I mentioned, there were some onerous conditions in the draft permit we received from EGLE. After several discussions, we believe we have a favorable compromise. I believe we will clear the permit hurdle in the next month.

Next, we will finalize plans and advertise the project for contractor bids. This will reveal the extent that labor and materials inflation will affect the estimated $3.22 million project. If recent bids are a guide, we can expect a significant increase in the project estimate. That will have to be managed within the existing budgets.

So those are the two remaining critical items. We’re planning to bid the project in the late summer or early fall. Construction may begin in the winter if weather allows, but it is more likely that much of the construction will occur in the 2022 season. That flexibility may result in better pricing.

We continue to coordinate with the Scio Church Road reconstruction project to minimize disturbance and project-related conflicts.

As always, please contact me if you have questions.

Harry Sheehan
Chief Deputy of Washtenaw County Water Resources

Churchill Downs Ann Arbor stormwater basic concept plan Sept 2020