Palisades Village Hauling Update

We wanted to provide you with an update on hauling effort for Palisades Village.

We are pleased to be on schedule for a summer 2018 opening, but due to the unexpected amount of heavy rain this season, we have been delayed in our dirt hauling activity. As a result, we have re-sequenced the schedule to maintain our completion and opening date. The greater volume of dirt hauling trucks will be ending in a couple weeks and then we will significantly reduce the volume of truck trips down to approximately 10-15 trips per day (~ 90% reduction), and some days there will not be any truck trips.

In addition, trucks will be downsized (from 65′ down to 26′). Our current schedule anticipates this reduction in hauling activity until April/May. Lastly, the hauling hours will be reduced from 7:00am-6:00pm to 9:00am-5:00pm.

The next step is to build the underground parking structure and we will keep you updated on those activities, work hours, and logistics.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at palisadesvillage@caruso.com or at (310) 744-2301. We hope you have a wonderful week and thank you for your ongoing support of Palisades Village.

 

Project Update:
On Schedule for Summer 2018 Opening

We wanted to provide you with an update on Palisades Village. We are pleased to be on schedule for a summer 2018 opening, but before doing so we have a lot to accomplish. Currently, we are preparing to haul our clean soil to Potrero Canyon, with hauling set to begin after Thanksgiving weekend. Below, please find a brief question and answer regarding hauling efforts.

What safety measures are in place?
We are working closely with LADOT and Caltrans to take as many safety measures as possible including, but not limited to the following:

  • Frequent safety meetings with contractors to remind them of safety measures and to drive safely
  • Staging of trucks is only allowed onsite
  • “Truck Crossing” warning signs are placed 300 feet in advance of the exit in each direction (we have offered to pay for additional warning signs on Chautauqua and waiting for approval by LADOT)
  • We have crossing guards at four intersections (Sunset/Monument, Sunset/Swarthmore, Sunset/Via de la Paz, Temescal/Bowdoin) from 7-9am, 1-3pm on school days
  • Two flag attendants are required during hauling hours to assist with staging and getting trucks in and out of the project area
  • Traffic Control Officers through LADOT are stationed at Chautauqua and PCH to help with vehicle traffic flow at the intersection. These officers are onsite during weekday a.m. and p.m. peak hours
  • Construction area will be sufficiently dampened to control dust. Water trucks will be located at both sites(Palisades Village and Potrero Canyon) to sufficiently dampen dirt and help control dust
  • Street sweepers will be run locally to ensure streets are kept clean
  • Hauling vehicles are spaced so as to discourage a convoy affect
  • A new truck safety lane (acceleration lane) has been installed along the northbound shoulder on PCH that will allow trucks to safely increase their speed and merge into traffic

What is the haul route?
The haul route will exit the project site southbound on Swarthmore Avenue, turn left (east) on Sunset Blvd, right (south) on Chautauqua Blvd, right (north) onto PCH, and then right (east) onto the disposal site at Potrero Canyon Park, located at 15101 Pacific Coast Highway. Empty trucks travel northbound on PCH from the disposal site, turn right (north) onto Temescal Canyon, right (east) onto Sunset and then left onto Swarthmore and back into the site.

Has the soil been tested and approved for use?
The soil has been tested and approved by DTSC as “unrestricted” fill and safe to be used at Potrero Canyon. In addition, we have devices onsite that test the excavated soil as it gets loaded into trucks to ensure all soil is clean.

How long will the hauling take?
The hauling should be complete by the end of February, weather permitting.

What are the approved hours of hauling?
Hauling occurs during approved City of Los Angeles hauling hours, which are Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Construction Activities Update

UPDATE: Now with construction underway, we want to share some updated information about retailers. Carly K, Get Dressed, Solis Salon and P2 are open during construction.


 

We cannot believe July 4th has come and gone. Right now, you will see trucks and workers along Sunset Boulevard (Carly K to Swarthmore) and along Swarthmore from Sunset to Monument from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily, M-F, due to storm drain relocation work. During those hours, we have a westbound lane on Sunset closed at that time, but immediately following, by 4:00 pm, we resume regular traffic by removing that lane closure. This work will take about 9-10 more weeks to complete this phase.

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All of the retailers on Swarthmore have finalized their plans to relocate or take a break so we can begin preparing for demolition. What you can expect to see along Swarthmore and Monument starting 7/18 is a team of workers installing our safety barricade. Swarthmore Avenue will be closed 100 feet past the alley to Monument starting early August to allow for the installation of the safety barricade. Due to safety reasons, the sidewalks on Swarthmore and west side of Monument will be closed to pedestrian access. Please see attached graphic for more detail.

With all of the construction activities happening on Swarthmore, we respectfully remind our valued community and patrons to be aware of the newly posted No Parking signs.

To recap:

  • Sunset Blvd. closed one lane westbound from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, M-F
  • Swarthmore will be closed just past the alley to Monument starting early August
  • Monument will lose the sidewalk on west side of the street as the barricade will be installed along the back side of curb
  • Sunset Blvd. also will lose a section of sidewalk, but access to existing crosswalks will be maintained to cross Sunset

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your patience! We hope to begin demolition of all buildings on the north side of the street mid-August. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (310) 744-2301.

Los Angeles City Council Approval

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We are pleased that the Los Angeles City Council approved the Palisades Village project today. We are grateful for all of the support and input that has guided this project over the last two years. The community participation in the process has continued to make this a better project, and we are humbled by the opportunity to create this special gathering place for all of you.

Councilmember Mike Bonin shares, “I’m thrilled. This is a project that will revitalize downtown Palisades and give the neighborhood the thriving community center it deserves. The most frequent question I’ve gotten about Palisades Village has been “when are they going to start building it?” I’m very excited to finally be able to answer “Soon!”

Again, we thank you all for your support and patience. Now that we are approved, we will be moving forward with some construction work, which includes the storm drain relocation that is scheduled to begin June 27. We will share more details on the storm drain relocation the middle of next week, but please note there will be no trace of work on July 4!

Sincerely,
Rick Caruso

Traffic Impact

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One of the concerns that any community has is about traffic impact to its local streets and how that influences daily life, especially when new stores and restaurants are coming to town. 

We want to assure you that the Swarthmore (development) plans will not bring any significant traffic impacts to the neighborhood. We worked with an independent traffic consultant to review all of the surrounding intersections and streets, using LADOT-approved standards, and looked at the traffic in a very conservative manner. The analysis showed no significant impacts on any of the 20 intersections we studied (we’re only required to analyze 10) or surrounding streets. Our plans to eliminate the Mobil gas station will greatly reduce traffic.

The independent analysis was reviewed and confirmed by LADOT and is available for your review in our MND: click here. We share your interest in ensuring we take every step to make sure traffic is not an issue, and we believe we have done that.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Michael Gazzano at MGazzano@carusoaffiliated.com.

 

(Images looking North toward Swarthmore from Sunset)

Thankful for the Endorsements

We are humbled and thankful for the endorsements and support we have received on our plans to revitalize Swarthmore Avenue as a gathering place for friends and family.  

On March 24, Councilman Mike Bonin shared a thorough and passionate statement in support of our Palisades Village project.  A special thanks to the community for sharing its thoughts with Councilman Bonin throughout this process.

These active Pacific Palisades’ organizations also have endorsed our plans and we are so very grateful:

On March 23, Pacific Palisades Civic League, the homeowner association of properties within Tract 9300, wrote a letter to Mike Bonin endorsing our plans in Pacific Palisades.

Palisades P.R.I.D.E., dedicated to improving the beauty of Palisades, announced its endorsement on March 17. 

On March 10, we received a 17-1 vote in support of Palisades Village project from Pacific Palisades Community Council, a broad-based community organization and voice of Palisades for more than 40 years

In late February, Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce shared its full support for the project.

Lastly, and very importantly, a huge thank you to the thousands of residents who support us. Your input, energy and enthusiasm are unwavering.  We will continue to keep everyone informed as we move forward in our efforts.

Thank you, all!