Good News for Hancock Park Streets

Repairs on some Hancock Park streets are underway and should be completed by June.

The Hancock Park Homeowners Association board got some good news from city officials on repairing the neighborhood’s streets at its March 18th board meeting. According to a message posted by Cindy Chvatal-Keane, HPHOA’48 President, Streets LA (formerly known as the Bureau of Street Services) Director Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director of BSS Keith Mozze, Street Services Superintendent Robert Sewell and CD4 Chief of Staff Nick Greif updated association leaders at the meeting on plans for repairing Hancock Park’s streets.

According to an e-mail Chvatal-Keane sent out Friday, Hagekhalil and his team, along with CD4 staff, began working in January with the Hancock Park Streets Committee to develop a long-term plan for repairing the concrete streets and an immediate repair plan for uneven street lifts and potholes:

“One of the first things Director Hagekhalil…did for our neighborhood was to have his team do a complete assessment of all streets in Hancock Park. Next his team developed a list of hazardous areas to begin working on immediately. The first areas are to be completed by June include 2nd and McCadden, 4th and Rimpau, June and 4th and an uneven street lift at 352 S. Las Palmas. The work began this week at 2nd and McCadden where the crews removed the uneven DWP asphalt patch and replaced it with concrete. The Streets LA crew will be coming to Hancock Park every two weeks and plan to complete all the first phase repair work by June.  The Streets committee will continue to help identify and develop an on going repair priority list with the Streets LA team.”

“This is very good news for our neighborhood,” Chvatal-Keane told the Buzz.  “The money had been set aside but nothing was happening until Dr. Hagekhalil took over. They are also looking for innovative ways to repair our streets that are better for the environment.”

LA Streets is also investigating the use of a new whiter, cool slurry replacement for asphalt, which may be better and much cooler for the environment than asphalt. The new material could be possibly be used as a temporary fix to pot holes prior to final concrete replacement, explained Chvatal-Keane.

Further, along with CD4 staff, LA Streets is working on a budget for concrete repair funds to be included in the next fiscal year budget, which begins in July.  Part of the new plan is the request for two dedicated concrete crews, which will allow the city to be able to respond faster to concrete street replacement and repair.

“The new Director and his team are committed to making this plan work for our neighborhood,” said Chvatal-Keane. “We are excited to be working with the new Director and his team to develop a long term plan to repair and maintain our streets.”

 

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Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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