Thursday, March 29, 2012

Menlo Property: 212+ Grading Days*

Photo: Clarence Inman Collection, circa 1987. Grading for the Riverglen Apartments on Riverside Drive. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

According to the conditions of approval for 120 condos on the Menlo Property, developers estimate exporting 63,500 cubic yards of earth, a total of 20 trips per day for a duration of 212 days. That's just the export. They'll be digging out the entire slope and building giant retaining walls.

Developers couldn't understand why the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee insisted on grading activities only occurring Monday through Friday. It's going to take years to build this turkey.

Ten months is probably a conservative estimate on the export. The estimated 6 month slope stabilization on the Menlo Property took 18 months starting in 2001. Good times ahead.

*This post was originally published May 20, 2010.  Once a week, we're reviewing area construction projects, with an eye toward air quality and health risk effects from the onslaught of development in our community, already besieged with Diesel Particulate Matter from the 2 & 5 Freeways and the Metrolink Rail Yard.

Read more about the Menlo Property, shockingly, up for sale:
The Eastsider

Menlo Property: Pattern of Neglect
Menlo Property: Political No-Man's Land
All our Menlo Property posts