The new Hollister Village project will have an underground piping system that leaks, intentionally, into the soil.
The five-foot in diameter piping system will take in rainwater from surface parking lots and streets, and through very small holes, allow it to slowly drain back through rocks and soil into the water basin.
In severe storms, the excess will go into the storm drains.
Penfield and Smith Principal Engineer, Don Donaldson said, "the soil itself cleanses that storm water, recharging the groundwater table, which is a benefit to us in these drought conditions."
Without it, "it would have a very large impact and result in flooding in this local area," said Donaldson.
"Being underground it also provides utilization of the land above it," said Donaldson who noted that parking will be right above the piping system. "You don't have stagnant problems, you don't have mosquito problems, you don't have to control weeds and so forth."
The area in suffering from a lack of rainfall, but when the system is completed, and the rain returns, it will get its first test.
The first phase of work is the retail site. It should be finished by the end of the year. The housing is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. "It's an ambitious schedule but it's been moving very quickly," said Jim Youngson with Terrain Consulting.
The project is located on Hollister Ave. near Storke Rd. across from the Camino Real Marketplace. It will consist of 90,000 square feet of retail, which will likely include smaller businesses such as a coffee shop or deli, along with a single larger business, possibly a grocery store.