DWP Works on Landscaping at Via and Sunset

Workers are going to install drought-tolerant plants at the DWP station.

The Department of Water and Power (DWP) first took out the landscaping at the substation at Via de la Paz and Sunset Boulevard during a drought cycle (the five driest years on record in Pacific Palisades were 1976, 1990, 2007, 2012 and 2014) .

The lawn and shrubs with were replaced with decomposed granite and a sign that stated that DWP was supporting water conservation. There was almost no greenery left after the lawn and other existing shrubs were removed.

Now DWP is digging up the dirt on that property with plans to replace “our existing greenery with drought tolerant plant life, including a pollinator garden that aligns with the California Coastal Planting zone.”

A few shrubs remained next to the 1935 building, which is described as a Regency Modern/Deco Style and was designed by Architect Frederick L. Roehigh. Replanting that area with drought tolerant plants will bring welcome relief to the dirt that has graced that corner for at least a decade.

The project, which is expected to be completed in two to three months, is underway. Crews are working on the earthwork, including grading and drainage.

Aldenae Williams, DWP public relations specialist for community affairs, wrote to residents, “Our project is underway, with the crews already starting the earthwork, including grading and drainage. We anticipate the project to be completed within a timeframe of two to three months.

“As we progress with the project, we will keep you informed about any potential impacts on traffic, such as street closures, detours, or adjustments to traffic lights – as of now, there are none,” Williams said. “We appreciate your support and involvement as we work to enhance our community’s green spaces.”

Department of Water and Power Sub-station
Zola Clearwater Collection
Courtesy: Pacific Palisades Historical Society

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