A sundered City Council approved a concept design and layout for a
proposed Community Center between two other projects that are expected to
be constructed on 3rd Street.
The council voted 3-0 Tuesday for the concept presented by Wendy
Rogers of LPA, architects for the proposed triad, and directed staff to
continue discussions with Laguna Beach Community Clinic to determine
financial parameters for the clinic’s inclusion in the project. Mayor
Wayne Baglin and Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman were banned from voting on
any aspect of the project because they, separately, own property within
500 feet of the proposed project.
Laguna Beach Seniors Inc. will fund the construction of a center on
the corner lot of 3rd and Mermaid streets, which the city purchased,
along with the property on which the community center will stand. The
seniors struck a deal with the city, which sets a $1 a year lease fee.
The Community Clinic is expected to ask for the same rent if the city
decides to purchase the property.
The inclusion of the clinic in the 3rd Street complex would require a
substantial financial commitment from the city, not yet finalized.
However, clinic officials have mentioned, when pressed in public, $4
Construction of the community/senior center project and land purchase
of the two sites closest to Mermaid Street is estimated to cost $8.6
million. That estimate includes replacement housing for the tenants that
would be displaced from the cottages now on the properties. The Planning
Commission will review the final version when it is submitted.