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    8120 Santa Monica Blvd is Set to Become an Interim Surface Parking Lot

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    It appears the City of West Hollywood is turning the empty lot at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd at the Crescent Heights Blvd intersection into an interim surface parking lot. The West Hollywood City Council is set to deliberate on awarding an agreement to PALP, Inc. doing business as Excel Paving Company, for the development of a surface parking lot at 8120 Santa Monica Boulevard, as part of the Capital Improvement Program designated as CIP 82-04. Agenda Item 6.A. under new business is up for discussion at the next Regular City Council meeting on Monday, March 18, 2024.

    The proposed recommendations to the council include approving a construction agreement to PALP, Inc. for $2,478,769 to undertake the construction of the surface parking lot at 8120 Santa Monica Boulevard. Additionally, authorization is sought for the Facilities and Field Services Division Manager to sanction change orders to the construction agreement, not surpassing 15% of the total agreement amount, amounting to $371,815. Furthermore, authorization is sought from the Director of Finance and Technology Services to allocate $1,840,031 from the unallocated reserves in the 301 Capital Projects fund for the construction of the surface parking lot. The council is also called upon to adopt Resolution No. 24-______, sanctioning the design and plans for the construction of CIP 82-04, 8120 Santa Monica Boulevard surface parking lot, as per Government Code Section 830.6.

    The initiative to construct an interim surface parking lot at 8120 Santa Monica Boulevard stems from the City’s Capital Improvement Program, with the aim to provide interim parking until a permanent use for the site is determined. The proposed parking lot is envisioned to feature 58 standard spaces, 3 accessible spaces, and 5 Electric Vehicle spaces, in addition to solar vehicle chargers, 22 new 36-inch box trees, and enhanced landscaping and bike rack facilities. The project is expected to span approximately 2 months, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays.

    The bidding process commenced with the posting of the Notice Inviting Bids (NIB) on the City’s online bidding portal (PlanetBids) and at all mandated public locations on February 14, 2024. Despite notifying 220 prospective bidders, only 25 reviewed the bid documents, and two participated in the mandatory job walk. Ultimately, only one bid was submitted by the proposal deadline on March 7, 2024, from PALP, Inc. doing business as Excel Paving Company, for $2,478,769.

    Despite the single bid submission, PALP, Inc. meets all necessary licensing and registration requirements in the State of California and has a track record of successfully completing similar projects for other municipalities in the region. Notably, the company recently concluded a street paving project for the City under a separate agreement.

    Staff recommends that the City Council endorse the award of a construction agreement to PALP, Inc. for the development of the 8120 Santa Monica Boulevard surface parking lot, CIP No. 82-04, totaling $2,478,769. Additionally, authorization is sought for the Facilities and Field Services Division Manager to sanction change orders to the construction agreement, not exceeding 15% of the total agreement amount, for a cumulative total not-to-exceed amount of $2,850,584.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Mike
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    4 months ago

    I could be wrong, but I thought the city spent the last five years cleaning it up; it’s owned the lot for at least that long.

    $2.5m for 66 (temporary) surface spots is nearly $40k per. A huge subsidy for a few car owners at the literal expense of the city, not to mention the waste of what could otherwise be productive (property tax paying) land.

    Natasha
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    4 months ago

    If the city is spending over $2 mil for a parking lot you can be sure this lot will never be cleaned up or developed. It’s ridiculous that for the past 10 years they couldn’t clean up the lot. Contaminated lots are cleaned up all the time.

    hifi5000
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    4 months ago

    The city was smart to turn this vacant lot into a temporary parking location.They don’t have to do any cleanup of the site and it will help solve any parking issues in the area.

    There is the temptation to forget about the original plan for the lot,so it will be up to residents to make sure the city follows through on those plans.With any turnover in the city bureaucracy and city council,future actions for the lot can be put off and forgotten.

    Jim Nasium
    Jim Nasium
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    4 months ago

    That was fast.

    B. Guzman
    B. Guzman
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    4 months ago

    Places to park.!!!
    Now you need people to park here. Everything is closing down, quickly!

    Jason
    Jason
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    4 months ago

    The City bought that lot for $5MM from Walgreens when they bailed out years ago. And now they are spending $2.5MM to build a TEMPORARY parking lot…

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Jason
    4 months ago

    Nobody including every decent developer would never come near this property. It is very toxic. At least with the city owning it we at least get a parking lot.

    Jason
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    Reply to  Kevin
    4 months ago

    I 100% agree that Weho needs more parking, especially in that area of town. However, this is a TEMPORARY lot costing millions. They’ve had almost a decade to decide what to do with that lot. They should build a permanent 4 story parking structure with small park/dog park there.

    sam
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    4 months ago

    Why isn’t this site being developed for housing immediately? The city should have sold this land to a developer that actually cares about the lack of affordable housing. The city should have had a plan together over the ten years of owning this land. Spending $2.8 million for a parking lot is ridiculous. Only one bid was submitted through an RFP

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  sam
    4 months ago

    Supposedly there is like a swamp of toxic substances under that site

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    Reply to  sam
    4 months ago

    It’s a brownfield, very toxic.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    4 months ago

    Given this is a brownfield, good use for the foreseeable future.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    4 months ago

    Bidding? kiss my ass just get someone to do it! The stupid city leveled, tasty donuts, Marcos, Italian restaurant and the cleaners that had been there for many years to have an empty for the last 10 years for what reason? What fucktard decided to OK this?

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Kiss it
    4 months ago

    The city did not knock the mini mall down, Walgreens knocked it down to build a store and then realized the ground was contaminated from a dry cleaner and carpet place, and the cost to clean it up was too high and backed out. The city bought the lot back to start a clean up. So the “fucktard” was Walgreens.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  Kevin
    4 months ago

    Thank you Kevin ❤️

    mike dunn
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    Reply to  Kevin
    4 months ago

    Finally something although way too expensive just to pave a lot and paint some white lines. It’s interesting that for ten years they have been pushing soil around yet have been unable to mitigate the hazardous waste problem. In addition the former Atlantic Tire site on Fairfax just south of Santa Monica was converted into restaurant space within a year from the time Atlantic closed down. I’m sure all that spilled oil and other contaminants were a hazardous material spill as well.

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