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City Beat Status of Gilroy’s Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Buildings   I n December 1989, the City of Gilroy submitted to the State of California, a list of 35 structures that were identified as possibly being unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. Over the years, the number of identified URM buildings has increased to 37 structures in total. A significant portion of Gilroy’s downtown is recognized as an “historic” district, a designation that requires a building’s details and characteris- tics be preserved during improvements to retain the charm and unique features of the downtown core. All but five of the 37 structures are within the historic district and special attention is included to ensure compliance with the historic standards and expectations. In addition, eight of those buildings within the historic district are also identified as important historic sites on some level – local, county, and/or national. Presently, the owners of several buildings are actively pursuing land use or building permits to achieve compliance with the City’s URM ordinance. An architectural and site review (AS) permit is in process for the building that houses Banning’s Upholstery and Frank’s Barbershop (7320-7340 Monterey St), with approvals anticipated in the near future. The buildings at 7517 and 7525 Monterey Street have an approved AS permit, pending issuance of a building permit to initiate the anticipated retrofit work. Only six structures currently remain non-compliant with the URM requirements. These are structures with known seismic hazards, and   owners have not yet pursued the necessary planning or building   permit approvals.  Third Street Roundabout Update: Estimated project timeline for completion of the 3rd Street and Santa   Teresa Boulevard roundabout is November 2016. However, it was opened to traffic in phases through September and October. The temporary traffic lights have been removed to aid traffic flow and a temporary barrier has been installed to prevent unsafe left turns onto Santa Teresa from the west. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 gmhtoday.com 35