Forum scheduled on proposed Park View water tank

The city will hold a public information session Tuesday, Jan. 7 on a new water tank proposed for the Park View area.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., and include visual displays and basic background information. Harrisonburg staff also will be available to answer questions until 8 p.m.

Park View’s existing tank on Summit Avenue is nearing the end of its useful life, city officials say. Built in 1960, the tank holds about 75,000 gallons of water.

The new tank, proposed for EMU’s campus atop the hill near the Village Square townhomes, will hold approximately 500,000 gallons of water and is estimated to last until roughly 2089.

The city and university have worked together on the project, although Harrisonburg will pay for the estimated $3 million tank, plus a $500,000 pump station, said Mike Collins, director of the Harrisonburg Public Utilities Department.

After comments are received, the project will be presented to the Harrisonburg Planning Commission and City Council for approval.

Courtesy Daily News Record, Jan. 3, 2014