A few trucks are the only things standing in the space where the Olde Heidelberg restaurant burned down and where the new restaurant will stand.
Construction of the Olde Heidelberg was expected to start in November, and Rusty Walls, general manager of the restaurant, had anticipated re-opening in February or March. But plans have been pushed back due to groundwater problems.
“We have a groundwater situation.” Walls said. “We’re trying to remove it.” His family has owned the Olde Heidelberg for 40 years.
This isn’t the first time there’s been a problem with groundwater at the site.
“We knew there might be a problem because we had a few issues with soft ground when we remodeled in ’76,” Walls said.
The architect is working on getting permits from the city to remove the water and dispose of it in sanitary sewers.
“When we are permitted, we’ll process the discharge into city sanitary sewers so there is no issue with contamination of lakes or streams,” said John Simon, architect on the project. “We’re being conservative about it.”
“It’s one thing to walk in there and another to put a bulldozer in there,” Walls said. “Once we build everything in there, it won’t be a big deal.”
Walls said the new building should be finished by late spring or early summer.