Moermond: we should confirm this is taken care of. Can you swing by before the
22nd? We’ll do a Staff report on the 22 to confirm.
Referred to the City Council due back on 9/7/2022
RLH CO 22-8
Appeal of Brett Cummings, Panama Flats Rowhouse Association, to a
Correction Order at 228 EXCHANGE STREET SOUTH.
Grant to August 1, 2023 for compliance.
Brett Cummings, o/b/o Panama Flats Rowhouse Association, appeared via phone
Moermond: we’re calling back about your retaining wall on Exchange. I’ve been doing a
lot of follow up on this with Public Works. I wanted to describe to you some of the
follow up needed on the City’s side and your side. One of the comments was about
responsibility for the failure. Our sidewalk supervisor, right-of-way supervisor, and a
bridge engineer went out and reviewed the history. What they think the cause is is
absolutely unclear. It could be the sidewalk tilted toward the property because of a
failure in the retaining wall, or that tiling created that failure. They did note in a historic
photo there was some settlement affecting one set of stairs. Informative but not
dispositive of why this is happening.
That being said, mapping a course forward is the next thing. They have indicated a
logical path forward would be first to do temporary repairs to prevent further water
infiltration and remove any trip hazard that exists on the sidewalk or curbing. That
needs to be done soon and they are happy to expedite that. Next couple of weeks.
That will be a patching and a faux curb that would cover the cracked area between the
sidewalk and the private property curb. The next step in the process would be the
repair of the retaining wall itself. The wall from the sidewalk down to garden level. That
repair, we can push that deadline into next year. They are thinking that it will be
necessary to have an engineer look at it and two permits pulled. One would be an
excavation permit due to its location and the other is a regular building permit. In that
review process they would want engineering for wall repair. They are thinking the repair
is going to require removal of at least a section of sidewalk there for your repair people
to have proper access.
Anticipating it will be reopened, the Department would look for whoever you are using
to temporarily put an asphalt sidewalk in and then the City would do a permanent
sidewalk after you did your work. The question becomes what kind of sidewalk is
installed there. The most cost effective solution would be for the City to put in its
regular cement sidewalk at no charge to you. What we do have there presently is tinted
and stamped concrete. That is much more expensive. The City doesn’t have a budget
to cover the different in costs between those two repair option.
What is left cost wise between regular sidewalk and higher level would likely become
an assessment to the private property owners. It is their understanding, and I talked to
HPC staff, that there is affair bit of conversation with the Irvine park association about
the sidewalks in the area and what they should be. How that conversation progresses
includes you. You’re in the historic district. We suspect they may have some money
available in terms of assisting with that work. We simply don’t know. We do know they
have a budget. I don’t in a year when the City is permanently replacing the sidewalk
how that conversation will have matured about which kind would be used. I wanted to
flag that for you that that is a deep discussion with your neighborhood association in