Utility work officially complete

DOWNEY - Underground utility work at the former Verizon building was accepted as complete by the Downey City Council - sitting as the Community Development Commission - on Tuesday.The work by SoCal Engineering Inc., of Irvine, involved the removal of an abandoned electrical vault previously installed by Southern California Edison. During its removal workers discovered underground concrete structures, which added $4,159 to the project cost. But city officials said the project still came in under the $40,000 budget approved by the council. The total demolition project cost was $119,062, paid for with federal grants. Council members voted 4-0 to accept the project as complete. Councilman Fernando Vasquez, a former employee of developer National Community Renaissance, which is working to develop the site into an affordable housing complex, abstained.

********** Published: September 29, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 24