The North Side Salt Tank on County property at 25th Street North and Old Dominion Drive is a critical piece of infrastructure that holds salt storage capacity to maintain public safety on our roads during the winter months. A recent structural evaluation determined that the North Side Salt Tank has reached the end of its life and is no longer safe to operate.
- Existing tank was built in 1928 as a water tank at the 25th Street site, the original location of the County water department.
- The County has used the 25th Street North and Trades Center sites for salt storage and snow loading operations since the 1960s.
- Collectively both sites provide adequate storage and efficient geographical coverage across the County.
- The County stores 9500 tons of salt for use in the winter months. Approximately 60 percent of our storage is located on the 25th Street North site.
- North Side Salt Tank holds 4500 tons + 1500 tons piled under an adjacent tarp.
- Trades Center in Shirlington holds 3500 tons.
- Community message, 7/13: “County Faces Urgent Need for Interim North Side Salt Storage“
- Salt Tank Fact Sheet (revised August 2018, includes option maps)
- Slide Presentation for County Board, 7/17
- Video: County Board Meeting, 7/17
- Slide Presentation for County Board, revised 7/18
- Video: County Board Meeting, 7/18
- County News Release, 7/19
- 2012 Tank Inspection Report
- 2018 Tank Inspection Report
- Video: DES Director Greg Emanuel describes recent inspection
- Photo Album: North Side Salt Tank
- Site Overlay with Tree Legend (as of 8/7)
- Community Update, 8/7
- Site Clearing Plan (as of 8/31)
- Video: Planning Commission approves rezoning for interim structure, 9/13
- Report on Rezoning for Sept. 22, 2018 Board Meeting
- Frequently Asked Questions
The County is pursuing an aggressive schedule to replace the tank, and is exploring rezoning four parcels on the 25th Street North and Old Dominion Drive site to build the temporary structure.
- July 16, 2018: First of two community walking tours of the 25th St N and Old Dominion Dr site. (Second tour held Aug. 7.)
- July 18, 2018: County Board approved Request to Advertise (RTA) public hearings for the proposed rezoning; hearings expected to take place in September by the Planning Commission and the County Board.
- Late July 2018: County staff heard from community that tree preservation and greenspace is important; updated planning to minimize tree loss and amount of area needed to be paved. Preparations begun for ordering temporary salt storage structure. Site geo-technical evaluation begun. Completed removal of salt from beneath industrial-size tarp adjacent to old tank, clearing the way for contractor to construct building pad for temporary storage structure.
- August 2018: Based on community color preference expressed online and at the Aug. 7 site public walking tour, the interim structure’s canvas covering will be forest green, which won 22 votes online/7 in-person; tan was favored 7/4; white favored 2/2.
- September 2018: Site preparation/clearing began the week of Labor Day. The complete process involves clearing necessary trees and shrubs, grading, leveling and laying building pad for the temporary structure. A County Urban Forester was on-site to assist with protection measures around trees designated for preservation to maximize their chance of survival. The project Board Report, posted the week of Labor Day, includes a recommendation to rezone a smaller area to P-S (Public Service) than previously contemplated during the request to advertise process. Staff is finalizing the scope of the master planning process for the 7.5-acre site, with the Board to be briefed at its September meeting.
- Mid-September 2018: At a public hearing, the Planning Commission on Sept. 13 endorsed the staff-recommended rezoning for the interim salt storage site. The panel voted 10-0 to endorse rezoning for Board action on Sept. 22, and voted 9-0 (with one abstention) to report a “2232 finding” that the interim structure is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The County Board is to take up the proposed rezoning of parcels on the 25th Street North site on Sept. 22. Site excavation including grading, leveling, and laying the building pad for the temporary structure will follow tree and vegetation removal (see above). This work is anticipated to be completed by mid-October.
- November 2018: Delivery of and completed construction for temporary, interim storage structure, return of salt hauled off-site and transfer of salt from existing tank.
- Winter 2018/Spring 2019: Demolition of existing old tank, conducted at earliest date possible, weather-dependent.
What about the redevelopment of the 26th Street North and Old Dominion Drive site?
The County remains committed to a long-term engagement process for the site redevelopment of 25th Street North and Old Dominion Drive. This will be a separate process that will include the permanent salt structure. This interim solution will not preclude any final long-term uses at the site.