Bentons Is ‘In;’ Caruso Construction Starts

Caruso Affiliated announced on July 28 that Bentons The Sporting Goods Shop has signed a “letter of intent” to return to Swarthmore when Palisades Village opens in the summer of 2018.

“We are incredibly excited to have Bob on board as our first tenant,” said Rick Caruso, CEO and founder of Caruso Affiliated.“We are creating a place that reflects the heart and soul of the Palisades, and Bentons captures the very essence of what  we are bringing back to the community.”

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Caruso noted that his company is having conversations with other displaced tenants on Swarthmore and “we are hoping they will rejoin.” Additional tenants will be announced this summer/fall.

With storm-drain construction resuming, an 8-foot fence along Monument went up on July 18 and street parking along Monument, Swarthmore and a portion of Sunset (near the Mobil station) was taken away. The outdoor parking was also closed.

A Caruso press release noted that “As of early August, Swarthmore will be closed to vehicular traffic starting 100 feet past the alley to Monument. Caruso plans to begin demolition of all buildings on the north side of the street in late August.”

A July 15 letter from Caruso Affiliated to some Palisades residents revealed the following timetable:

Duration of Work: August 2016 through summer 2018.

Hours of Operation: Per LAMC, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays.

Type of Work: July through October— fencing, demolition, storm-drain relocation. November through March 2017—site excavation and grading. April through De- cember 2017—parking structure construction. January through August 2018—building construction.

Meanwhile, during storm-drain construction, one lane of westbound Sunset Boulevard (in front of Mobil) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

Said one Palisades News reader in a Heard About Town posting, “I was just stuck in one lane on Sunset during the day headed west. It was a bad backup. Did anyone ask Caruso if they could work at night, so as not to disrupt traffic during the day?”

David Kaplan, head of the Community Council’s Village Land Use Committee, who served as the liaison between Caruso and the Pacific Palisades Community Council, responded: “Noise and lights at night? Seems implausible. It’s hard to imagine immediate neighborhood people want that.”

The construction zone on Sunset, from the pedestrian crossing to Swarthmore, has no residential housing in its vicinity.

Visit palisadesvillageca.com for more information.

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