Representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation say that Playa Vista’s streets are dedicated, in contrast to what a number of the inhabitants of the upscale community stated at a homeowners meeting January 28th.
Jim Fisher, assistant general manager of the department, said that although the planned community’s infrastructure is dedicated, city officials have not “accepted” its streets as yet due to a variety of factors.
“There has been some miscommunication along the way, unfortunately,” Fisher said.
In order to have a street or road dedicated and accepted by the city government, a property owner may be required to make certain improvements to a development, such as having standard signs, installing curbs and crosswalks and putting in utility cuts.
Many residents of Playa Vista say they have heard that the streets were not dedicated, and have complained that cars parked for weeks at a time on some of the development’s principal streets are rarely ticketed.
Fisher said that Playa Vista might have inadvertently contributed to the confusion by installing certain signs before its thoroughfares were accepted by the city.
“They have put up unauthorized street sweeping and two-hour parking signs,” the DOT executive said. “(Playa Vista’s) streets are open, but there is some development that has not yet been completed. Further work will be required.”
The process of having part of Playa Vista’s infrastructure accepted could take three to four months, Fisher said.
The Department of Transportation, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Playa Capital President Steve Soboroff have met to iron out the remaining steps to obtain acceptance from Los Angeles officials.
“We are all in sync on getting a roadmap for our streets officially turned over (to the city),” Soboroff told The Argonaut after the homeowners meeting. “I’m confident that we’ll see progress on this very soon.”
Fisher agreed, saying, “We’re looking forward to having this wrapped up soon.”