Magellan Value Partners has secured a $14.4 financing package for the construction of a self-storage facility at 900 W. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. Talonvest Capital negotiated a five-year, fixed interest rate loan on behalf of the borrower. The deal also includes four years of interest-only payments and limited recourse, and comes with a five-year extension option and no prepayment penalty fees.
The project will comprise a total of 1,150 climate- and non-climate-controlled units. The three-story building, encompassing 106,582 net rentable square feet, will feature a basement level and distinct architecture for the façade.
The City of Baldwin Park announced the completion of its new $13.6 million dollar Transit Center, at 14403 East Pacific Blvd., in the city of Baldwin Park.
More than 500 parking spaces will be available in the five-level structure for rail and bus commuters, which opened to the public on June 22. The project includes a rest area for bus drivers, police compound for storage and secured parking for police vehicles as well as an overhead pedestrian bridge between the Metrolink station and the City Hall.
To maximize groundwater supply and reduce dependence on costly imported water, the City of Chino will build a $20 million dollar water treatment facility. Officials said the facility will help the city meet its average daily water demands and serve as a backup supply to the imported water supply source delivered through the Rialto Pipeline.
The pipeline, owned by the Metropolitan Water District, will undergo renovation in the next eight to nine years, requiring shutdown for three to six months a year over two to three years. Chino currently purchases about 35% of its annual water supply. With continued periods of drought anticipated in the future, water treatment is more sustainable and less expensive than imported water.
The Chino City Council approved a $1.7 million contract with the firm Hazen & Sawyer for engineering and design services for the future State Street Treatment Plant, to be built on Benson Avenue, north of Mission Boulevard, in the city of Ontario. The goal at buildout is to supply 50 percent of demand with city produced groundwater.
The city’s five-year plan includes restoring existing wells, with no additional wells planned.The design process will take about a year, and construction is expected to last at least a year and a half after contractor bids are approved.
After numerous complaints about landscaping in the city, Claremont announced city contracts for landscape maintenance for parks, rights-of-way, and the Village. There are two separate landscape contractors, one is responsible for the parks and Village, the other the city’s rights-of-way. Rights-of-way are City-owned and maintained lands throughout the City. This includes 225,000 square yards of landscape along major thorough fares, medians, and backup walls.
The City’s landscape contractor provides routine maintenance along these areas on a 4–5 week cycle, meaning each area is serviced once every 4-5 weeks. Landscape maintenance includes weed and litter abatement, trimming of vegetation, light tree pruning for clearance, and irrigation repairs when necessary. The city is not responsible for maintenance of parkways along residential streets. Any issues with rights-of-way maintenance should be sent to the Community Services Department.
Pet owners are having to pay more in dog licenses as of this month after the Diamond Bar City Council renewed its agreement with the Inland Valley Humane Society.
The contract is estimated to cost the city $480,000 in the first fiscal year of its implementation, but revenue raised from pet licenses and other fees is expected to bring that down to around $285,000, according to the city manager’s report. The city’s agreement with the humane society will last through the end of June 2023.
As part of the agreement, several fee hikes have been implemented for dog licenses and animal impounding. Owners of a dog that has been fixed can now expect to pay $30 for a license; previously the cost was $20. Active military and veterans pay $10. The license fee for unfixed dogs remains $100. Officials also approved adding an additional $125 fee for dogs considered potentially dangerous.
If a dog is picked up by the humane society, owners can now expect to pay $30 for the first offense for fixed; $50 for unfixed. Second offenses will cost $70/$100. The third offense will be $120 for both fixed and unfixed animals.
The impound fee for cats, regardless of if they’re fixed, remains at $5.
The purpose of the impound increases is to encourage owners to be more responsible with the dogs to prevent them from getting loose, according to Anthony Santos, an assistant to the city manager.
Cat and dog owners can expect to pay $10 each day the human society holds onto their animals for food and care. A $20 per day fee will be imposed on animals being held under observation after biting another animal or person. The fee for owners wanting to give up their cat or dog to the humane society will also see a $20 hike, to $40. Visit the humane society’s website or call (909) 623-9777 for more information about the licensing fees.
Recent concerns about cars parked in the city’s alleyways have prompted the Glendora City Council to take up the matter.
Cars parked in alleys could potentially block emergency vehicles from getting through and prevent waste collectors from emptying bins, city officials said. The city has received 57 complaints in the last five years related to cars parked in alleys.
While alleys are considered a public right-of-way, the city has not applied the same level of enforcement on them as they do regular city streets and roads. Officials said three main issues have prevented them from enforcing parking restrictions in alleys.
One reason is that alleys don’t require cars to be moved for a street sweeper to come through. Another reason is that some alleys may be located on private property and not subject to enforcement, according to a city staff report. A third reason is that that parking enforcement could punish families in homes that don’t have readily available street parking. In Glendora many homes have a two-car garage; if a family has three or more vehicles, a car would need to park in the alley to remain close to the home according to a report by the city. A community discussion held in late June on alley parking included presentations from the Los Angeles County Department and Athens Service, the city’s waste collection provider.
While the fire department hasn’t experienced any issues with driving through alleys with parked vehicles, Athens Services said several alleys have been “difficult to navigate.”
The La Verne City Council unanimously adopted a $63.4 million spending plan for the next fiscal year. Around 88 percent of the city’s expenses for the 2021-’22 fiscal year will be used toward public safety and public works. The police department will receive $14.7 million while the fire department will get $10.3 million.
The city’s public works department will have $22.7 million on hand in the next fiscal year, with $11 million going toward water utility. The rest of the department’s money will be used on street and park maintenance, waste and recycling, equipment and sewer utility. Around $1.6 million will go to the community services department, which provides recreational programs for city residents and manages several facilities including the La Verne Community Center, according to the spending plan.