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May 2019 – Building Owners Dragging Their Feet on Seismic Retrofit Law

By Ali Sahabi, Optimum Seismic via AAGLA

“It’s been three years since the City of Los Angeles started sending out orders requiring seismic retrofitting of vulnerable soft story and non-ductile concrete buildings. Soft-Story property owners, upon receipt of these official notices, were required to:

– Submit proof of previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish (within 2 years)
– Obtain a permit to start construction or demolition (within 3.5 years)
– Complete retrofit construction (within 7 years)

Given these deadlines and the three years that have transpired since the first orders were mailed, what percentage of the city’s vulnerable soft-story buildings have been retrofitted so far? City officials were briefed last month that only 14 percent of soft-story buildings have been retrofitted …READ MORE