Monday, December 8, 2014

Dunwoody Leads the Way for Non-Combustible Buildings, Preventing a Massive Fire as seen Today in Los Angeles

A huge fire engulfed nearly an entire block today in Los Angeles, CA.  The fire broke out in the DaVinci apartment complex, a seven-story building. The bottom two floors were concrete, the top five wood-framed construction. 250 fire fighters worked to extinguish the fire.

As we learn from others, never let a tragedy go to waste.  Tonight at city council there will be a 2nd read on changes to Chapter 8, Buildings and Building Regulations.  See HERE.

The heart of the change to Chapter 8 is to require the use of non-combustible materials for buildings like the "upscale" DaVinci apartments.  In Dunwoody, any building over three stories will require non-combustible building materials if these changes pass tonight.  DunwoodyTalk expects passage by a 5-2 vote.

The Council for Quality Growth is opposed to these new standards.  No word at this time from the seekers of quality on the L.A. fire and the wood construction.  

The Council for Quality Growth has quite the headline on their web siteDunwoody Proposed Ordinance to Eliminate Certain Potential New Development in City if Passed.  Well, that's a chance we'll have to take, I suppose.  We don't have 250 fire fighters to fight a seven story twig blaze, so non-combustible sounds good to us.  Perhaps Los Angeles will follow our lead.

We heard that this change to Chapter 8 will stop development in Dunwoody.  Of course the new proposed hotel by Wal-Mart changed from three story wood construction to seven story concrete/steel just recently, defying the 'eliminate development' claim.