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Tanglewood Development plans to remove giant sand pile

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Tanglewood Development Manager Jon Crouse has notified Elizabeth City officials that he plans to get state approval to remove the 30-foot-tall, 16.4-acre sand pile, shown here Saturday, off Halstead Boulevard Extended. The pile was created by the excavation for Tanglewood Lake at Tanglewood Lake Apartments in 2006.

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From staff reports

Monday, February 19, 2018

The giant sand pile that’s been a fixture of the landscape near Halstead Boulevard Extended for the past 12 years will soon be no more.

Last month, Tanglewood Development Manager Jon Crouse notified the city he plans to remove the sand.

In a letter on Crouse's behalf to City Manager Rich Olson, consultant Ken Elliott wrote Crouse is applying to the NC Department of Environmental Quality for a “surface mining permit” to remove the 30-foot-tall, 16.4-acre sand pile.

The letter explains the sand pile has been there since 2006, when Tanglewood Development excavated Tanglewood Lake at Tanglewood Lake Apartments.

Olson said it will take many dump truck loads to haul off the sand pile — creating some concern about the constant heavy vehicle traffic damaging roads. He said the trucks won't be allowed to drive on Tanglewood Parkway, but Halstead Extended should safely handle the trucks' weight.

Olson said Crouse's decision to remove the sand now does not appear to be related to plans to commercially develop the site.

Elliott wrote in his letter that Crouse's intention is to return the land to “its original cultivated status.”

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