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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 037-91170; Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
DSR ID# 63859 ; Granada Hills Recreation Center Community Building
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Cross-Reference: Earthquake related damages, standards, predisaster use
Summary: The Northridge earthquake substantially damaged structural members of the community center. Estimated damages were more than 50% of the replacement costs. DSR 63859 was prepared for replacement of the 7,600 square foot (SF) structure plus 15% for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for a total of 8740 SF and a cost of $1,054,878. The building was condemned and demolished by the city after the structure was found to be a public hazard. The subgrantee appealed because larger community centers were being built in recent years per subgrantee standard requirements (12,000 SF). FEMA contended that the requirements are not a standard that supports increasing the amount of eligible funding. The second appeal asserted that the population increased significantly and that the community center was an essential facility to be used in the event of a disaster. Further, the subgrantee requested funding for a replacement facility of 12,000 SF.
Issues: Is the expanded facility eligible for restoration?
Findings: No. The predisaster use of the facility, including its function and capacity, may only be replaced with a facility of similar area. Consequently, only the predisaster design and an expansion to meet ADA requirements are eligible.
Rationale: Standards that change the predisaster construction are only eligible if they are appropriate to the predisaster design, per 44 CFR 206.226(b)(2). ADA requirements are such a standard.