Late last year the College began work on the construction project that will affect Culver Crest, the new parking structure near the top of Stocker. The College has agreed to post updated construction information about this and other projects, on their web site at:
(Unfortunately, as of the date we go to press, they are a little behind on their updates.) The updates include the name and telephone number of the College’s ombudsperson (Bob Miller – 310-678-6917) who should be contacted with any complaints, comments or questions. They also provide a link to a site that gives sound volume readings from the three sound monitors that have been installed in Culver Crest. (http://www.atsconsulting.com/WLAC_Data/).
The temporary sound blanket that has been promised for months has not yet been completely installed, although the College’s latest promise is that it will be finished by the end of this week. The College’s failure in this area only increases the importance of reporting any noise problems. If you are experiencing too much noise from the campus, please call the ombudsperson at the number listed above.
The reason the College is constructing a sound wall is that they have asserted that Southern California Edison, who have the property use rights there, will not allow the College to use any of the dirt to build an earth berm along the strip of land between Stocker Road and Culver Crest, as required by the 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU states that the berm was to be built concurrently with both the new parking structure and the second access road connecting the College to Jefferson, of which both projects are almost ready to commence.
The College also reports that their new recycling center should be finished and operational in a couple of weeks. As you may recall, CCNA was successful in getting the College to relocate this center from the top of Stocker to an area that is built into a hillside to the north of Stocker. It is everyone’s hope that this will prevent noises and odors from reaching Culver Crest. However, if you notice any sound or odor problems, please contact their ombudsperson.
A brand new development now in the thinking stage is to develop the land near the bottom of Stocker, at the Overland entrance. The C.C.N.A. Board will set up a meeting with the College’s consultant to review the tentative development options for this site, which is adjacent to Culver Crest. There have been several thoughts thrown around about what will eventually be there, including an elementary and/or high school. The C.C.N.A. Board is keeping a close eye on the planning process of this area and will report the progress as it unfolds, as it will surely affect us in many ways.
Because of construction work on campus, the route of the Culver City bus on campus will be changed in a couple of weeks. For the next 18 months. the new route will turn up Stocker, and then immediately travel over the new cut-through that has been constructed near the Turner trailers. It will proceed up that road and then head down Albert Vera Way and back to Overland. Hopefully this will not add to the noise problems we have endured with the College.
Our W.L.A. College Subcommittee will closely monitor all construction activities by the College plus review alternate mitigation measures that the College has advised it is in the process of preparing.