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File #: 20-0299    Version: 1
Type: Consent - Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready
In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 10/6/2020 Final action: 10/6/2020
Title: Consideration of Allowing Construction at 330 South Sepulveda Boulevard on City Recognized Holiday (Columbus Day) (Community Development Director Tai). APPROVE
Attachments: 1. MBMC Section 5.48.140 - Noise Disturbances

TO:

Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

 

THROUGH:

Bruce Moe, City Manager

 

FROM:

Carrie Tai, AICP, Community Development Director

Ryan Heise, P.E., Building Official

                     

SUBJECT:Title

Consideration of Allowing Construction at 330 South Sepulveda Boulevard on City Recognized Holiday (Columbus Day) (Community Development Director Tai).

APPROVE

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Recommended Action

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that the City Council approve the request to allow construction on Columbus Day at 330 South Sepulveda Boulevard.

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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

There are no fiscal implications associated with the recommended action.

 

BACKGROUND:

Skechers is expanding their existing two-story commercial building and subterranean parking garage at 330 South Sepulveda Boulevard which will extend an entire block length from Duncan Avenue to Longfellow Drive when completed. The block previously consisted of the Skechers’ existing 55,000 square-foot office building, and land that previously contained a 14,000 square-foot car wash. Construction has commenced on the 20,000 square-foot addition and is currently occurring at the main levels of the office building. 

 

The Manhattan Beach Municipal Code (MBMC) allows construction activity to occur between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  The MBMC also prohibits construction activity on Sundays and City-recognized holidays.  MBMC section 9.44.030(F) allows the City Council to modify the hours for construction activity under limited circumstances.

 

Earlier this year, the City Council approved McCarty Building Companies Inc. to work on two Mondays that were City-recognized holidays per the Construction Rules section 9.44.030(B) of the MBMC. The two holidays were Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day, observed on January 20, 2020, and Presidents’ Day, observed on February 17, 2020. The work consisted of subterranean concrete deck work and rough installation of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. There were forklifts, cranes, and trucks required for the material movement and lowering the materials into the work site.  No public complaints were received by Code Enforcement during these days.


DISCUSSION:

The applicant, McCarty Building Companies Inc., is requesting to work on Columbus Day, observed on Monday, October 12, 2020, which is a City-recognized holiday per the Construction Rules section 9.44.030(B) of the MBMC. The work will consist of general work associated with interior build-out activities including, but not limited to, wall framing, HVAC ductwork and piping, rough-ins, and finishes. Materials in the staging area along Kuhn Drive and Duncan Avenue will be delivered and off-loaded via trucks and forklifts as regularly occurs on a daily basis.

 

Upon request, the City Council may modify the hours for construction activity under limited circumstances. While MBMC Section 5.48.250 deems construction noise during permitted hours to be exempt from noise standards, requests for construction outside of those hours must be evaluated for potential noise disturbances.  MBMC Section 9.44.030 states that the City Council shall consider the noise disturbance criteria in MBMC Section 5.48.140 to determine whether to modify the hours. MBMC Sections 5.48.140 (1) through (12) (attached) and detail aspects that may be used to evaluate noise.

 

The description of requested construction activities on the holiday is consistent with ongoing construction on the commercial building, with no new or unusual noise levels, noise characteristics, or equipment (Section 5.48.140 1 to 4, 10, 11).  There is no change in the location of construction or proximity to residential sleeping facilities (Section 5.48.140 5 to 8). The requested hours are commensurate with other weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with no change in duration (Section 5.48.140 8 and 9).  The City Council must consider when the noise is generated, such as on a weekday, weekend, or holiday.  While this request only pertains to Columbus Day, staff does not anticipate additional noise disturbances, as no public complaints for construction-related noise have been received since the start of construction (Section 5.48.140 12). The dearth of complaints indicates the applicant’s ability to minimize impacts to the surrounding neighborhood on an ongoing basis.

 

The Council may impose conditions to mitigate or eliminate any potential adverse impacts arising from the activities and shall provide prior notice to persons and businesses in the vicinity, at the owner's expense. Upon the City Council’s action to approve the request, staff would send an approval letter that includes requirements for construction performed outside of City-designated hours. One requirement is that the applicant must notify affected neighboring properties within 150’ of each side of the subject property at least 72 hours prior to commencing work. The notice must include the location, duration, and description of the project, as well as the non-emergency Manhattan Beach Police Department phone number. A copy of the notice must also be provided to the City. Additional restrictions may also be imposed by the City Council. Some examples of additional limitations are to limit the hours beyond the standard 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or limit the type of work allowed.

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH:
After analysis, staff determined that public outreach was not required for this issue.  However, the applicant has notified the surrounding properties of the request to allow construction on Columbus Day, as well as the City Council Meeting date and time for the agenda item to discuss the request.  The applicant will also notify the surrounding properties 72 hours prior to the Columbus Day if approved by the City Council.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
The City has reviewed the proposed project for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has determined that the proposed project was adequately covered in previously adopted Final Environmental Impact Report, SCH#2015041081. Thus, no further environmental review or documentation is necessary.

LEGAL REVIEW:
The City Attorney has reviewed this report and determined that no additional legal analysis is necessary.

 

ATTACHMENT:

1.  MBMC Section 5.48.140 - Noise Disturbances