Goodviews Abatement Project (GAP) - Stabilizing the 1688 West Garvey Hillside
Stabilization of the Goodviews Abatement Project (GAP) has substantially been completed.
Update: latest GAP progress video, dated 8-16-23 (YouTube).
The site of the Goodviews Abatement Project was originally approved for development in 1978 and 1979 for 31 residential dwelling units. That original project was developed by the Good Views Land Development Company. Consequently, during the 40 years since that time, the GAP site is commonly referenced as the “Good Views” property.
The Good Views property is historically unstable. In 1983, Garvey Avenue was damaged and blocked by a slope failure resulting in the City taking emergency action to construct various soil stabilization and drainage infrastructure. In 1986, the City entered into an agreement with the Good Views developer to construct permanent structures intended to stabilize the hillside that was to be completed by December 5, 1986. In 1987, 1988, and 1989, a number of City consultants advised the City regarding what measures were required to stabilize the hillside. The Good Views property owner failed to implement any of those recommendations. As a result, the City in 1991 issued a notice of violation to Good Views that the Project site constituted a public nuisance requiring abatement.
After providing notice on an annual basis, the City in 1994 was unable to contact Good Views representatives. It is unclear what happened to Good Views by that time. In 1997, the City Council declared the property to be a public nuisance and commenced abating the property. Among other things, it installed a gate on the abandoned private road. The City took additional abatement action in 2000 and 2002. In sum, the City expended an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 to abate nuisances on the property in the years before 2013.
Starting in 2013, the City again undertook various code enforcement actions against the new property owner of 1600-1688 West Garvey Avenue. Among other things, the City directed the property owner to submit an erosion plan; remove trash, junk and debris; abate weeds and overgrown vegetation; and maintain slope drainage. Between 2013 and 2015, the City issued six different administrative citations regarding the property in response to various issues related to the property including, without limitation, a tree that fell onto West Garvey Avenue in 2014 that both blocked the street and brought down power lines owned by Southern California Edison.
Concerned that the El Niño storms in 2015 would result in significant slope failure at the property, the City filed a civil lawsuit against the property owner to abate the nuisances on the property. That lawsuit allowed the City to immediately take action to temporarily stabilize the hillside. Those efforts, however, did not constitute a permanent solution to the overall issue of hillside stability.
On April 25, 2017, the City entered into a settlement agreement with the property owner which includes a plan for a long-term solution to the hillside. In short, the Settlement Agreement requires the property owner to stabilize the hillside through a series of retaining walls and other geotechnical solutions.
On June 16, 2021, the City Council approved a residential development for the GAP site. Had the property owner commenced construction by August 1, 2021, the property owner could have voluntarily implemented the measures needed to stabilize the hillside.
On October 13, 2021, the City informed the property owner that it had defaulted on the settlement agreement and that the City would construct the GAP. Construction is expected to begin on this project February 1, 2022.
Below are links to download public documents regarding the GAP including the Settlement Agreement(s); the City's abatement warrant; the City's Status Reports (filed with the Superior Court); and various staff reports submitted to the City Council.
Historical Document links:
- Goodviews Project History and FAQ, April 26, 2021
- Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) - 1688 W. Garvey Avenue
- Technical Appendices - DEIR - 1688 W, Garvey Avenue
- Notice of Completion - 1688 W. Garvey Avenue
- Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report for 1688 West Garvey Avenue
- Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 1688 West Garvey Avenue Residential Project
- Initial Study for 1688 West Garvey Avenue Residential Project
- Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) - 1688 W. Garvey Avenue
- 1688 W. Garvey Ave Specific Plan
- Monterey Park Geologic Hazard Abatement District (MPK GHAD) - Engineer's Report