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CITY HALL:
A Three Way
Bud Emerson | Klish Way

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A community consensus is clearly in sight for a badly-needed new civic center. The City Council has signed off on a “poll” for the voters of Del Mar to weigh in on three options outlined below. The poll will be conducted mostly on line but there will be convenient paper/pencil opportunities for those who prefer to vote off line. The poll will be open from February 2-13.

The results of the poll will tell the Council how to proceed during the next phase this Spring and Summer when we will begin to see design alternatives. The Council has appointed a citizens committee to evaluate proposals from design professionals in that phase.

The good news is that all three options include city hall offices and plaza space that will readily accommodate our Farmers’ Market as well as other community gatherings, and parking. The first option is the simplest and cheapest, only meeting our current needs. The second option adds more underground parking spaces and a platform which provides flexibility for additional public uses to be decided sometime in the future. The third option also adds more underground parking spaces and a platform which could accommodate private uses should we decide in the future. Council Members seemed to be leaning toward the middle option because it provides flexibility for future needs but they all have agreed to be guided by the results of the citizen poll.

• Option A - Civic Facilities Only: This option includes a City Hall, Town Hall, and an outdoor civic plaza, with a surface parking lot (approximately 60 parking stalls). This option would meet the City’s current and projected needs to house City facilities. There would not be space or parking available for expansion or future public, cultural, or private uses without substantial redevelopment.

Estimated Cost: $7 million to $9 million.

• Option B - Civic Facilities with Additional Parking and 11,000 Square Foot (SF) Expansion Area: This option includes a City Hall, Town Hall, and an outdoor civic plaza, with approximately 160 parking stalls (60 stalls in a surface parking lot and 100 stalls in a parking structure). The parking structure would be under the buildings and plaza and cover part of the site. This option would meet the City’s current and projected needs to house City facilities. It would provide approximately 11,000 square feet (SF) of future development area that would be available for additional public, civic, or cultural uses. With a Measure B vote, the additional space could be considered for private revenue producing development. The facilities and uses in the expansion area would be decided at a future time. One hundred (100) of the parking stalls could support the future expansion or public parking.

Estimated Cost: $9 million to $14 million.

• Option C - Civic Facilities with Additional Parking & 20,000 Square Foot (SF) Expansion Area: This option includes a City Hall, Town Hall, and an outdoor civic plaza, with approximately 160 parking stalls in a subterranean parking structure. The parking structure would be under the buildings and plaza and would cover the entire site. This option would meet the City’s current and projected needs to house City facilities. It would also provide approximately 20,000 square feet (SF) of future development area that would be available for additional public, civic, or cultural uses. With a Measure B vote, the additional space could be considered for private revenue-producing development. The facilities and uses in the expansion area would be decided at a future time. One hundred (100) of the parking stalls parking stalls could support the future expansion or public parking.

Estimated Cost: $12 million to $18 million.

 

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