WHAT’S BEHIND IT:
Monthly Progress Reports keep the City Council apprised of
glitches in the Treasure Island project, actions by other agencies
that pertain to the project.
The reports give council members time to challenge any
administrative approval and keep the public informed.
City staff gave the developer permission to replace shrubs with a
40-by 100-foot lawn starting at the bottom of the public staircase
and extending along the sidewalk to the drop-off entry to the public
park. Staff also approved a request to remove seven palm trees from a
total of 27 approved by the Design Review Board for planting in the
Council passed on the lawn, but decided that 20 was still too many
trees impeding views and asked the developer’s landscape architect
for a different proposal.
A letter from South Coast Water District affirmed that the
district has budgeted $1.1 for the project’s sewer system
improvements. Total estimated cost is approximately $2.1 million.
Landscape architect Sean Finnegan will bring a revised plan for
the number of trees to be planted in the view corridor to the council
Tuesday for consideration.
A prospectus that identifies the sites, lists requirements and
sets the budget for three pieces of public art at Treasure Island
will be mailed to 900 artists, including 350 in the city’s Arts
Directory. The competition will listed in national arts publications.
-- Barbara Diamond