Huntington Beach : City to Get $275,000 Loan For Pier Restaurant Work

The California Coastal Conservancy on Thursday approved a $275,000 loan to the city to complete reconstruction of a restaurant building at the ocean end of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Total cost of reconstructing the pier--severely damaged by driving wind and rain storms two years ago tis month--is now estimated at $1.1 million, said Paul Cook, director of public works. The restaurant building will cost about $360,000 and is scheduled for completion in August, he said.

Terms of the loan include amortization over 10 years at 8.86%, Cook said.

City Engineer Les Evans, who was prepared to plead the city's case for the loan, attended the Coastal Conservancy's meeting in Chula Vista. However, the loan was approved without question or comment, Evans said.

Early last year, the California Coastal Commission and the council approved a two-story design for the restaurant, named the End Cafe after its single-story predecessor, a pier fixture for 40 years.

The two-story, modern design was hotly debated in a number of meetings. Several pier old-timers opposed it, calling instead for a replica or nostalgic facsimile of the old End Cafe.

Upon completion, the building will contain the End Cafe on its first floor and a public meeting room on the second.

Last spring, officials gamely predicted the entire pier would be completed in time for the Olympic Games.

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