The Culver City Redevelopment Agency will conduct a survey of all city buildings constructed before 1933 to help the City Council prepare a law setting stronger earthquake safety standards.
The survey is intended to identify buildings the agency believes to be of historical and architectural significance but that may face demolition if the city adopts the proposed law. Buildings constructed before 1933 were built before the state mandated earthquake standards involving the construction and design of new buildings.
The agency staff suggested that the city should know which of its buildings it may want to preserve for historical, cultural or architectural significance before officials prepare the ordinance. Other cities that have adopted earthquake safety laws have found themselves forced into demolishing some buildings officials later determined to be historically significant, the staff reported.
The law, being prepared by the city staff, may require the demolition of buildings considered unable to survive a major earthquake. State officials have said that the state may impose stronger earthquake standards on the cities if local governments fail to adopt their own earthquake safety laws, the staff reported.