The regulatory world surrounding development projects can be complex, but we have the skills and experience to streamline review and achieve creative changes to historic properties.
Chattel prepared a Historic Resource Assessment and CEQA Impacts Analysis for rehabilitation of the 1914 Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. Under CEQA, when a project is expected to cause substantial adverse change to a historical resource, environmental clearance for the project would require mitigation measures to reduce impacts. As the qualified historic architect, Chattel ensured the Ford Factory's continued conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards through design collaboration and construction monitoring with owner Shorenstein and project architect Rockefeller Partners Architects. Thus, environmental impacts were reduced to a less than significant impact, and the Ford Factory came back to life with new creative office and retail space for tenant Warner Music Group.
Chattel managed implementation of National Scenic Byways Program grant funding and worked closely with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, Federal Highway Administration, and Nevada Department of Transportation. The project, which involved Section 106 environmental review and local certificate of appropriateness review, encompassed rehabilitation of and an addition to the iconic Paul Revere Williams-designed La Concha Motel lobby, which now houses the Visitor Center.
Chattel worked with structural engineer Krakower & Associates, concrete specialist Preservation Arts, and City of Torrance, Department of Public Works to remove paint, graffiti, and dense vines, patch damaged concrete, reconstruct wood guardrails, apply clear anti-graffiti coating, and design a new lighting scheme that accentuates the distinctive arches. Chattel also consulted with the Torrance Historical Society and City Council to come up with the official name, Pacific Electric Railway - El Prado Bridge. The project received a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award in 2015.
Chattel is assisting in seismic retrofit and limited rehabilitation of 14 buildings at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center (VA West LA). Collaborating with a team of architects and engineers, Chattel has completed Section 106 review for three buildings and consulted with SHPO, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Los Angeles Conservancy, Veterans Service Organizations, and Native American tribes. In 2014, Chattel successfully completed a National Register nomination for the campus and full rehabilitation of Building 209, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
Chattel prepared a Historic Structure Report (HSR) as a comprehensive guide to long-term preservation planning for the Mission and its convento wing. The HSR provides relevant historical background and addresses feasibility of implementing grant projects. For high-priority projects, Chattel prepares treatment plans and bid packages, collaborating with a cost estimator to ensure projects can be accomplished with available grant funds. Chattel works closely with Mission leadership and the California Missions Foundation, as well as the California Office of Historic Preservation and National Park Service to ensure projects conform with the Secretary's Standards.
Chattel worked with East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC) and architect Richard Barron to restore the building’s distinctive corner cupola, rehabilitate 30 affordable units in the historic building and add 21 units in a new addition. The project received a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award in 2013.