$2.5-Million Contract Approved for Center

The Simi Valley City Council approved Monday night a $2.5-million contract to build a new Boys & Girls Club near the city's Civic Center.

The council awarded the contract to Oxnard-based Viola Construction, which built the Simi Valley Senior Center and the Simi Valley Library. Viola's bid was the lowest of 16 that went as high as $3 million.

The city will pay for the construction of the 25,000-square-foot building and then lease the property back to the Boys & Girls Club over 50 years. During that time the club will repay $1.5 million of the cost of construction, said club President Linda White.

The project was initially set for construction in 1992. But it was held up by a legal dispute with a neighboring property owner, Lloyd Green of CPC Enterprises, who argued that the new club would block his view.

After several years of legal battles, the state Supreme Court finally refused to hear Green's appeal of a lower-court decision, and threw the case out last May.

Construction is expected to take about a year.

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