So Cal Gas Construction Update
Construction on Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon Turbine Replacement Project will move forward December 2013, according to company officials. The California Public Utilities Commission decision in November approved SoCalGas’ proposal to replace obsolete equipment used to inject natural gas at its Aliso Canyon Storage Field in Northridge, Calif. with new equipment utilizing state-of-the-art technology to help meet the region’s demand for natural gas. The new equipment is expected to become operational in late 2016. Full Article
Housing Construction Update
As of October 2013 we have heard a number of concerns about construction and dust and have contacted Shapell. They have provided this update about planned restriping of Mason and Seson to create legal street parking near the Porter Ranch Community School. Also included is information on grading north of Corbin, construction near PRCS and the planned opening of Seville at Porter Ranch. From Shapell October 10, 2013:
We very much appreciate the PRNC contacting us regarding stakeholder concerns with construction activities in Porter Ranch. Porter Ranch Development Company has designated Lisa Hartfield as a direct contact for information, concerns and/or customer service issues. Lisa will facilitate communication with the appropriate individuals within our company. Her direct phone number is (818) 332-7237 and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The construction work currently underway is the activity described in our letter dated June 3, 2013 as posted on the PRNC website under construction news. The work began in the summer and is expected to take approximately 6 months. The earth-moving operations are part of the approved growth plan for Porter Ranch and are permitted activities. We continue to strive to be good neighbors and are available to discuss any concerns or answer questions about the on-going operations.
Notices have been posted in select areas to advise residents that some construction activities will include deep impact excavation which may result in brief ground vibrations. It is extremely difficult to pin-point exact dates and times for this type of work, but residents are welcome to call and discuss. Winds are always an issue in Porter Ranch and we are working very closely with the contractors to ensure proper watering is taking place to minimize dust issues.
We appreciate our neighbors and try to be sensitive to the concerns of a growing community.
The Hidden Creeks Estates and Preserve project, proposed for an area west of Browns Canyon, is planned to include 188 luxury homes, 25 of which are designed specifically for horse keeping. It is also planned to include 119 acres of open space, an updated equestrian village and a 19 acre park with public youth sports fields.
L.A. Planning Commission Advances Hidden Creeks Estates Project Article from Patch on November 21, 2013
Scientists fear an L.A. County gated community's environmental impact Article from LA Times on November 20, 2013
Project update October 2013
View article about Preserve: July 2011
View article originally announcing project: May 2008
Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary
Castlebay currently has three construction projects in process as of October 2013:
Trenching for internet wiring
- Wiring the school for the internet. Workers begin after the school bell has rung to signal the end of school for the day. They are trenching in front of the school to triple the bandwidth and run wires to all classrooms for reliable wireless service in each classroom. This is in preparation for the upcoming "Smarter Balance" computerized testing. This construction is expected to require five months beginning October 2013.
- Construction of code compliant handicamp ramp at the front of the school. A ramp had been installed, but was constructed to old standards, was removed and replaced with a wooden ramp. Work will also be completed to make the office handicap accessible. This construction is expected to require 18 months.
- Construction of a new MPR (multi-purpose room). LAUSD has received DSA (Department of State Architects) approval for the construction of the MPR. The current YMCA bungalow is 4' too close to the planned building, is not ADA compliant, nor is it up to fire retardant code. Moving this building has held the MPR project up for one year. The project is now approved to move forward and LAUSD is in the process of soliciting bids from contractors. The award should be made in 60 days, about the end of November 2013. Construction is expected to begin in December 2013 - January 2013 and require 12 months. A new bungalow will be installed for the YMCA, under the trees, south of its current location. It is not known whether the new building will be installed before the old one is removed.
Location of future Castlebay MPR
Castlebay Update February 2014
The YMCA Bungalow has been removed. It will be replaced with a new bungalow closer to the fence. No trees will be removed. Before it can be installed, trenching must be completed for water and power. LAUSD is in the process of awarding bids for the new MPR construction. Construction may begin in February and last for 12 months. There will be a covered walkway to the new MPR; it will seat 413 people and provide indoor seating for lunch in inclement weather.
Rendering of the MPR viewed from the parking lot.
Site plan of Castlebay showing new MPR location. Note: the YMCA bunglow shown to the right is the old location, not the future location.
Empty Lot Between Mason and Porter Ranch Drive At Rinaldi - Update February 2013 (Next expected update due in March 2014, due to changes at Shapell)
This development is called Aldea. It is planned to have residential on the western two-thirds and retail on the eastern third. Aldea is comprised of both residential and retail commercial uses. To date, we have built and sold out the Las Brisas at Aldea community. Within a few weeks construction will begin on models for a new townhome community called Seville at Aldea. Signs will be installed very soon and sales will begin early this summer. The first Phase and recreation site will be under construction by Spring of this year.
We are currently working with numerous prospective tenants for the Aldea retail community located at the northwest corner of Porter Ranch Drive and Rinaldi. The market has been challenging over the last few years, but we hope that with continued economic improvement, there will be stronger interest which will allow us to secure all the major tenants and provide a definitive timeline for development of the center. Porter Ranch Development Company remains committed to creating an exciting and welcoming retail component that will be an enhancement to the whole community. At the point when plans are starting to take shape, we will be working with the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council and stakeholders to share ideas and opportunities.
Design Review article about residential from June 2011
Overall Plan article from Spring 2010
Porter Ranch Development Company proposes to divide Lot 1 of Tract No. 54153-02-C into two parcels with 88 senior apartments on Parcel A and 310 market apartments on Parcel B. The total 398 units were previously approved on September 1, 2006 and 190 units are under construction or built. The property is located adjacent to and westerly of the project called “Tesoro” and the units built or under construction are called “Sonoma”. The lot split is required to facilitate a “separate parcel” as required by law in order to designate 88 units of the total as senior (age restricted). The senior units are intended to be moderate income as required by the Porter Ranch Development Agreement. A public hearing was held by the City of Los Angeles, October 5, 2010. The proposal does not increase the total unit count but divides the parcel into two separate parcels. Parcel Map | Hearing notice Note: the development parcel map was approved. The target construction start date is late 2012.
Shepherd of the Hills Growth Plan
Shepherd of the Hills Church is proposing build out their church campus, on the south side of Rinaldi. This would include a new worship center to seat 3,500 people and adding a parking structure to allow for a total of 910 cars.
Proposed Sanctuary and Family Life Center
Proposed Shepherd of the Hills Campus Plan. View Larger.