Isaac went down to the city to double check a ton of things (my dad gave him a pretty exhaustive list), and he found out a ton of things about our land from the city. My dad’s list and Isaac’s answers are all below.
1.) Was there anything on the property before:
There hasn’t been anything there since at least 1909, when the records started being kept.
2.) Are there any tanks on the site…but specifically steel tanks holding OIL which were commonly used for a heat source, were buried in the ground and even after they were replaced with more efficient fuel sources can continue to pollute the ground and groundwater. This is a common problem in the Midwest and East Coast….maybe not in California.
There’s no indication of there having been a gas tank on/underneath the property, and everybody insisted on pointing out that it would be a weird place for a gas station. Thank you city workers!
3.)What about the soil? Any reports?
There haven’t been any soils reports done in the surrounding few lots, including the neighbors next door, whose addition apparently did not require a soils report. They aren’t able to search except by address, so there was a limit to the amount of addresses I was able to check, but as far as we could tell, no soils info.
4.) Does the property conform to the Spring Protection Ordinance?
LA doesn’t have a spring protection ordinance yet, so that hasn’t been holding up construction on the lot.
5.) Is the property in a slide zone?
The property isn’t in a major slide zone.
6.) Or located on a scenic route:
When asked about a scenic route they kind of laughed at me because apparently the only time they’ve encountered that is with Mulholland Drive, which is kind of a landmark. Our street is nice, but not a scenic route. Good news!
7.) Can you find a soil engineer by recommendation?
They did provide me an extensive list of every licensed soils engineer in the area. They recommended I get in touch with one near by.
My dad also contacted University of Illinois and Harvard GSD Architect friends in La Jolla, Oakland, and LA and they were all very helpful and forthcoming especially with soils engineers…so we were really appreciative.