Council Approves Daily Construction

The Calabasas City Council has approved seven-day-a-week construction at the Commons at Calabasas Park Centre.

The project's developer, Rick Caruso of Caruso & Affiliates Inc., said he needed to extend the construction period because of the long El Nino rainy season.

The decision came at a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission.

Construction hours will be extended from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday with work on Sundays beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 5 p.m., Planning Commissioner David Brown said.

The hours can be changed, however, depending on the number of complaints.

"We had limited construction on the weekends, but there was concern that the project would not be finished on time," Brown said.

Heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, will not be used on weekends. Light construction, such as pouring concrete and hammering foundations, will be the only work performed.

The development of the 200,000-square-foot office and commercial center includes plans for a supermarket, upscale clothing stores, a book store and a six-screen theater. There are also plans for a hotel and a civic center.

Caruso hopes to be finished in time for the holiday season, with a November opening.

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