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Cost for New Roxbury Park Community Center Nears $15.5M

The estimated tab is likely to change as the project progresses, according to city staff.

The City Council agreed at Tuesday's study session to move forward with a plan to rebuild the Roxbury Park Community Center at an estimated cost of $15.38 million.

The firm RTK Architects elaborated on the design of the new building at the Oct. 2 meeting. In August the council unanimously approved “Site Study E,” a proposal from Councilwoman Lili Bosse that calls for the center to be built at the site of the existing facility, which will be torn down.

Under questioning from Bosse, Assistant Director of Community Services Nancy Hunt-Coffey said Tuesday that the council agreed in June to allot $14.859 million for the project under the city’s current fiscal year budget, which began July 1. She also said the council agreed in July to add another $1 million to the project. 

Neither Bosse nor Vice Mayor John Mirisch voted for those budget items.

Hunt-Coffee later said that staff has estimated total construction costs for the project to be $14,407,594, with an additional $985,056 in architectural fees and other costs.

“The total project costs estimated today, which I guarantee you will change over time, is …$15,375,650,” Hunt-Coffee said.

The city also spent $1.4 million on prior studies and plans for rebuilding the center. Bosse said that she believed that number should be included in the total cost of the project. City Manager Jeff Kolin said the $1.4 million was not being counted because it was approved and spent in the previous year’s budget.

Bosse told Patch that she is concerned about the project’s final price tag.

“I feel like the $1.4 million should be counted,” she said, noting that doing so would push the total cost for the community center to almost $16.8 million. The council rejected a proposed $16.8 million two-story community center last year for being too costly.

Bosse questioned the exact fees, she said, because she believes that city staff has been misleading in their communications with her about costs.

“The numbers kept changing,” Bosse told Patch.

Still, she is supporting the plan because it is a one-story building with the same footprint as the existing building.

“I believe the community supports this general plan,” she said.

The main components of the approved plan include: 

  • Multipurpose room located at the south end of building
  • Movable stage in multipurpose room
  • Interior courtyard with entryway to outdoor seating area
  • Drop-off area for a shuttle bus, as requested by council
  • Keeping existing trees for shade, as well as open spaces
  • Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act and relevant California building codes

Activities that take place at the current Roxbury center will be temporarily moved to other facilities during construction, city staff said.

The Recreation and Parks Commission will now take the lead on construction plans, timing and outreach to various community groups, Mayor William Brien said at the conclusion of the presentation.

What do you think of the latest plans for the new Roxbury Park Community Center? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Adrian Gluck October 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
This structure is probably being built to last for at least twenty years. We must build a second story, thus allowing for more activities and services to our community today, as well as provide expansion space for the future. In the scheme of things the additional cost would be relatively small, yet the overall benefits to our community would virtually double. Adrian Gluck PE, PhD
Eileen Pedersen October 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Is a dog park part of this plan?
Sheila Kaufman October 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM
For years I have been requesting an outdoor swimming pool in Beverly Hills like other cities in the U.S. have, but to no avail. Why not? Charge an entry fee. I think it is a valuable asset for those who don't have access to swimming and there are many of us. Particularly in Southern California where we have swimming weather all year round and particularly in the summer. Sheila Kaufman
Ellen Lutwak October 06, 2012 at 04:29 AM
That would have been nice. The city had one at La Cienega Park, but was closed up years ago. Ask residents why...

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