Cost questions delay work on civic center in Bradbury

first_img“I want to set the budget for the project – a number the community can be happy with, and figure out what to do after that,” Barakat said. Guthrie said the city has spent $130,000 – or $139,000, according to Todd – for architectural drawings. But residents disliked the designs so much that Onyx Architects, the Pasadena firm hired by the city, is now working on a new design. “They were too commercial for the residential neighborhood where City Hall is,” said Guthrie. He favors possibly moving City Hall to a site on Royal Oaks Drive near Duarte. Guthrie said he, too, lives near City Hall and added that people have knocked on his door, believing it was City Hall. Guthrie said he realizes the city needs a new or expanded facility. “The current building is so small, it discourages civic involvement,” he said. “You get more than 10 people at a council meeting, and it’s a standing-room-only crowd.” Todd said that while people may be unhappy about spending nearly $140,000 for architectural plans, that was the price agreed upon. “What people don’t get is that we have tried to keep cost down as low as possible, to get a functional facility at a cost residents can afford. Our aim is to secure a building for the least amount of money,” Todd said. He said the most logical site is the current one. Moving City Hall to East Royal Oaks Drive, Todd said, would cause problems. “The residents wouldn’t want it there and it would raise more issues, cause more delays and more divisiveness,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The fifth council seat is vacant. (The deadline for candidates to file to run for the post is 5 p.m. today.) That leaves two council members favoring the project and one opposed – but three votes are needed to act. Barakat said he doesn’t want to spend more than $600,000 to renovate the current City Hall at 600 Winston Ave. The existing building is 1,100 square feet and occupies a third of its one-acre site. The project to replace that building, approved by the council in January last year, is budgeted at $2.4 million and calls for the construction of a 3,200 square-foot facility. It would include a community center and offices for city staff. BRADBURY – Building a better civic center here will have to wait until the City Council can agree on its cost. In a project originally expected to be done by July of last year, design plans for a new building to replace a small civic center structure are in limbo now, with not enough council votes to either move the project forward or kill it. Mayor William Todd and Mayor Pro Tem Richard T. Hale favor the project, while Councilman Brian Guthrie said too much money has been spent on architectural plans. Councilman Richard Barakat lives so close to City Hall he has had to recuse himself from voting on the issue. last_img

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