In a story in the Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills Unified School District officials have alleged that construction debris, noise and vibration from Purple Line Extension work have impacted the Beverly Hills High School campus.
As part of its work on the second segment of the Purple Line, Metro is in the process of demolishing two buildings on Century Park East to clear way for a construction staging yard in Century City.
Metro’s response to the allegations:
•The demolition work is taking place on Metro-owned and leased properties within the city of Los Angeles on Century Park East in Century City and began earlier this month — after the regular school session ended May 31.
•Metro has scheduled this work for the summer, when most students are not on campus.
•Metro project staff have reported that there is no evidence that demolition materials landed on the school campus.
•Metro’s construction work is within the safe vibration limits for the project as determined by the Federal Transit Administration.
•Noise levels are in conformance with the city of Los Angeles’ municipal code for construction activities not located near residential properties.
•In an April 28 letter to BHUSD, Metro requested access to install noise monitoring equipment and install temporary noise mitigation at the High School. On June 20, Metro received a signed Right of Entry agreement to install noise monitors on the campus.
•Metro plans on installing sound walls between the work site and the campus, as well as noise monitors before school resumes in mid-August.
•Metro and BHUSD officials and their attorneys met back on May 15 to discuss the upcoming demolition work. At that time, the school district communicated that the portable classrooms near the demolition site would be empty during the summer school session and the buildings would act as a buffer between the work and the students on campus during summer school session.