L.A. hits $1-billion earthquake milestone: 8,000 buildings retrofitted in record amount
It was the biggest seismic retrofit project in the Los Angeles area in a generation. And it was part of the city’s commitment to its future by providing incentives for businesses and individuals to invest in seismic retrofits for critical buildings in the community.
The total estimated cost for the project is $1.25 billion in taxpayer money.
The earthquake is said to have been preceded by a series of powerful and violent earthquakes, including an 8.1 magnitude quake that struck in January 2014, which is believed to be the biggest quake in LA history.
The second shock caused a quake in Santa Monica Bay.
8,000 buildings were retrofit with new buildings and repairs, including thousands of units in downtown LA, in Los Angeles with the largest retrofit of any major city in the nation, and it’s up to $1.25B.
“The biggest thing we want to do with this is make sure the city of Los Angeles has a future,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference after the earthquake struck.
“The biggest thing, we’re really focused on the future of Los Angeles,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We just have to be smart about the present.”
New building standards for buildings in the seismic retrofit will be issued this week.
Here’s more on seismic retrofits and other recent projects around LA.
News: The City of Los Angeles is spending $3.5 million to retrofit the historic Mission District area of downtown Los Angeles, with much more planned.
What is the Mission District: The Mission District is the oldest district in Downtown Los Angeles. It used to be a working-class neighborhood, home to artists, shopkeeper and workers, and served as an entry point to the city. The district includes one block to the north of downtown L.A., from 5th Street to 7th Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. The