Earthquake Fault May Block Development of Hollywood Skyscraper
Over a decade ago, developers announced plans to build a skyscraper – the first of its kind – on a section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
According to the LA Times, the proposed project would create more than 1 million square feet of office, retail and residential space, and bring a little life back to a portion of the famed boulevard that’s seen better days.
While some residents protested the initial development, much bigger concerns were raised when developers looked at the fault lines in the area. If there was a fault line under the site, it would make it much too dangerous to build there, let alone construct a high-rise building.
It’s been eight years and countless debates over whether or not an active earthquake fault runs under the site’s proposed development. However, according to the California Geological Survey, it was concluded in 2013 and in 2014 that an active fault line – one capable of generating a 7-magnitude earthquake – does in fact run through the area.
The debate over the iconic Hollywood landsite should also raise concern for local apartment owners and homeowners – that being, if a fault line runs through Hollywood Boulevard with the capabilities of releasing earthquakes into the 7 magnitude ranges, are their homes equipped to withstand that kind of shaking?
According to Earthquake Authority, all Californians should have their homes assessed to determine if they need to be retrofitted for earthquakes.
That’s because most homes built in California, especially those before 1980, are lacking the necessary structural reinforcements to protect the property from the intense shaking that occurs during a large earthquake.
Retrofitting your home for earthquakes will:
- Keep residents safe during a seismic event and keep the house habitable after a major disaster.
- Reduce the costs of repair after a large earthquake.
- Reduce your earthquake insurance premiums.
Los Angeles and Southern California are some of the most seismically active regions in the world, which is why it’s so important to invest in earthquake retrofitting to protect your loved ones and your home value in the event of a large earthquake.
Earthquake retrofitting uses a series of connections, like anchor bolts, shear paneling and framing anchors, to help secure your home to its foundation. These structural reinforcements keep your property from sliding off its foundation during a large seismic event and buckling from that movement.
If you think your home is in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at call (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.