Santa Monica

The Pier Restoration Corp. has recommended unanimously that the storm-damaged portions of the pier be rebuilt with concrete instead of timber, said Gail Markens, executive director.

Cost of the proposed reconstruction, scheduled to start next spring, is $12.4 million, more than $1 million higher than an alternative proposal to rebuild the damaged portions of the 73-year-old structure with a mix of concrete and wood.

"The persuasive reasons for doing the reconstruction in concrete are that the new pier will be stronger, safer and less costly to maintain," Markens said.

Markens said that the corporation's recommendation will go to the City Council for final action April 9.

The corporation's members were appointed by the council to develop reconstruction plans for the pier, which was battered by storms two years ago.

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