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City Invites Property Owners of Soft-Story Buildings to Participate in City of Beverly Hills Seismic Retrofit Fair

Post Date:May 20, 2019 5:14 PM

seismic tremorThe City of West Hollywood invites property owners of soft-story buildings to attend the upcoming City of Beverly Hills Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit Fair, a free trade show-style event featuring design professionals and manufacturers specializing in seismic retrofit work. The event will provide information and resources for owners required to comply with the City of West Hollywood’s seismic retrofit Ordinances. The Fair will take place at the Beverly Hills Civic Center Court Yard, located between the police and library facilities, at 444 N. Rexford Drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Two hours of free parking will be available in the attached parking structure. City of West Hollywood Building and Safety staff will be onsite to answer any questions from West Hollywood property owners.

In 2017, the West Hollywood City Council formally adopted two Ordinances establishing a framework for the seismic retrofit of three types of existing buildings. A significant earthquake will not only affect life safety, but also loss of shelter and significant economic loss. The City of West Hollywood has taken a proactive approach by addressing seismic deficiencies in existing buildings. In April 2018, the City uploaded, to its online open data portal, a visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances. Property owners will be required to demonstrate that their buildings are in compliance with the Ordinances or will be required to seismic retrofit their buildings. The intent is to promote life safety and reduce the risk of collapse during a significant earthquake.

For more information about the City’s mandatory seismic retrofitting program, ways to provide feedback, and the visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances, please visit www.weho.org/seismic

For more information about the City of Beverly Hills Seismic Retrofit Fair, please visit www.beverlyhills.org/seismicretrofit or call Arlen Eskandari at (310) 285-1141.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Seismic Retrofit Ordinances, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Building and Safety Division, at (323) 848-6848 or at SeismicProgram@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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