CIM has decided not to pursue efforts to begin earthquake retrofitting to the former Farmers Insurance headquarters at Wilshire and Rimpau as a first step in building 87 housing units on the two-block parcel.
Last month the Buzz reported that CIM cited compliance with the city’s earthquake retrofit ordinance as as its primary reason for wanting to begin working on their project before the environmental review process was completed. A number of residents in Brookside felt the earthquake retrofit was an excuse to get a head start on the project since the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is not likely to be completed for another year.
“Our neighborhood group met with CD4 staff last week and they too confirmed that CIM has decided not push for an early start to the retrofitting,” said Jan Wieringa, a Brookside homeowner. Wieringa and others have been vocal in their opposition to allowing CIM to circumvent the planning process by starting any work on the building before the EIR is completed.
Brookside residents appeared at the GWNC Land Use Committee last week urging the committee not to support the earthquake retrofit request either. Ultimately, after hearing that CIM had backed off the request, the committee decided not to take any action.