Rolling Hills Estates Mayor & City Council: Stand up for our children and teachers!
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Despite diligent efforts by the Discovery World Community, Equinox Fitness and Stoltz Real Estate, owners of the Promenade on the Peninsula Shopping Center, have failed to properly address the health and safety issues created by activities at Equinox Fitness. Equinox Fitness regularly creates noises and vibrations that exceed reasonable levels and building damage thresholds. During a survey taken in June 2017, the average peak noise level in our space resulting from activities at Equinox Fitness above us was 74 decibels with levels frequently exceeding that average, and the vibrations created by these events regularly exceed the building damage threshold set by the Federal Transit Administration with the strongest events exceeding the threshold by nearly 100%. At these levels, disruption to the school and damage to the building have occurred and are continuing. Recently, the vibrations dislodged a light bulb and fixture piece from a preschool classroom ceiling while school was in session, and over the past couple years, our infant center has sustained multiple leaks from ruptured pipes.
We are imploring the City of Rolling Hills Estates to take the concerns of our community seriously. Concerns for the health and safety of children and teachers, as well as the integrity of the building, should not be disregarded in the interest of maintaining the status quo. Discovery World has provided exceptional education and care to infants and young children for 30 years, and it should be able to continue to do so without its quality services being impacted by Equinox Fitness. The City of Rolling Hills Estates must enforce its building code and compel Equinox Fitness and/or Stoltz Real Estate to take measures, such as moving its weight area to the first floor or over its own first floor space, so that the safety and well-being of children and teachers are not adversely affected.
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