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WHY IS THE LARGE PARK STILL CLOSED?
Because it isn't finished. Money still needs to be spent to put in play equipment, BBQs, benches, and shade structures. Also, there is a water easement that runs along the east side of the park that must be finalized before it can be opened. In order for the easement to be released, there are reports that must be completed and submitted, which will take time and money. It has not been turned over to the city, and is not maintained by the HOA. The park still belongs to the developer and is technically private property.
The fire station is to be built on the south side of Avenue S, not far from where it currently dead ends. It has not been built yet because the developer has not completed the grading and permitting for Phase II (which begins where the development currently stops on the west side). Also, there were many delays in construction of the fire station because of negotiations with LA County regarding the design of the station. The designs were not approved until early 2008, and the development stalled shortly after that. Once construction does begin on the fire station, it must be finished within one year.
Please click HERE for a broader explanation of the developmental milestones for our community and how they currently affect completion.
The speed limit was set when the street was initially opened. On any new street, a speed assessment is done to determine what a reasonable person would drive on that street. The speed limit is then set based on the average speed that people are driving. A speed assessment was done by the City of Palmdale in early 2006. Speed limit signs were not posted, however, until mid 2007, when the limit of 55 was posted. The residents of Anaverde complained to the city en masse about the limit, but it remained 55. In November 2007 a child was hit at the corner of The Groves and Avenue S and a second speed assessment was done by the city. Unfortunately, the city found that the street still belongs to the developer and so it is the developer's responsibility to do the assessment and set the speed limits. The assessment results were sent to the developer, and the speed limit remains 55.
According to Palmdale City Traffic Engineers, the speed limit must be set at the limit defined in the assessment, or it will not be considered a valid speed limit in a court of law and traffic tickets will be null and void, making the speed limit unenforceable.
Anaverde Elementary (K-6) is located on the campus of Cottonwood Elementary, at 2740 West Avenue P-8, which is behind Highland High School. The Junior High for our area is Hillview Middle School, and it is located at 40525 Peonza, which is off 30th West.
The High School for our area is Highland High School, which is at 39055 25th Street West (which is Highland Drive).
Busses do pick up in Anaverde for all three schools.
Because it hasn't been built yet. The school is to be located adjacent to the west end of the 5-acre park on Parkwood at the southwest end of our community.
In any new development, the developer is required to pay development fees to the school district, to offset the cost of the additional students being brought into that district. They are NOT required to build a school, and generally do not. In our development, the company which owns Anaverde, Anaverde LLC, has an agreement with the school district to build our elementary school, which is very unusual. But in large developments it is sometimes more cost effective for the developer to build a school than pay the per unit development fees to the district.
At this point in time, the school has been held up by the fact that the school site falls in Phase II of the development, and our development stalled before that point. The site has been approved by the state and the plans for the main buildings have been approved. But all of the improvements for the site itself, sewer, water, electric, etc. must still be put in and the site must be graded.
The grading is really the main issue that held up construction. In order to grade Phase II of the development, the hills behind/above the school site must be blasted and much of that dirt needs to be moved down to even out the phase II land. That means that dirt will be moved through the school site. So they do not want to build the school until they grade all of Phase II.
The school district has worked continuously for the past four years to have the school built. They have been very proactive in getting the necessary state permits for the site, working with the architecture firm to complete the designs and obtain the necessary approvals, and work with the developer to try to get the school built. But they do not have the funds to build the school themselves.
The cost to build the school, without the attendant costs of grading and infrastructure, is estimated at about $25 Million.
With the development stalled, there is no way to pay for that construction.
WHO IS CURRENTLY PATROLLING ANAVERDE FOR SECURITY?
There is no private security patrolling Anaverde at this time. As of Aug 09, Merit is currently looking into the costs of hiring night security, and those costs should be submitted to the HOA board at the next board meeting. The board will have to vote to approve the expense before security can be hired.
Three of the board members are employees of Brooks Street, which was the General Contracting firm hired by the investor, Farallon, to manage this development. Farallon has currently stopped all funding to the project, which means Brooks Street is currently off the project. Those three board members are no longer employed to work on the community. As such, they were not attending the board meeting and a quorum could not be reached to hold the meeting. Those members have not officially resigned from their positions, however. They will remain board members until they resign or miss four consecutive board meetings, at which time they can be terminated from the board for lack of involvement. Click HERE to find out more about the legalities of the HOA board.