SOLANA BEACH — Construction should begin soon after plans to refurbish Fletcher Cove Community Center and bring the aging structure into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, received unanimous support from the California Coastal Commission and Solana Beach City Council.
The Coastal Commission granted the necessary permits as part of the consent calendar at its July 9 meeting.
With that, as part of its consent calendar at the July 14 meeting, City Council awarded a $71,725 contract to MJC Construction for phase one ADA improvements and authorized a $14,275 construction contingency.
The first phase is primarily grading by balanced cut and fill, a method that was chosen because it requires the least amount of land reformation to achieve ADA goals.
Phase one should be complete by Nov. 1. At that point about half of the 1-acre site will be accessible to the disabled. The entire site is currently inaccessible.
At the July 14 meeting, council members also adopted the mitigated negative declaration and approved project plans for phases one and two. Plans for all three phases were available for public review from March 4 through April 5. No comments were received.
Phase two is the building refurbishment. Plans include asbestos removal, the addition of insulation, wider doorways, improved views and 3,000 square feet of outside patio area.
Resident Stephen Dalton donated his time as an architect to create the building plans. “It’s a very functional design,” Tina Christiansen, community development director, said. Dalton said he expects the new facility to earn at least a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Phase three includes park improvements for the southern portion of the site. The estimated cost for the first two phases is approximately $490,000. About $353,700 has been identified, leaving a budget shortfall of $136,180.
Phase one is completely funded. Fundraising continues for the other two phases. The Solana Beach Community Foundation has received $160,000 in donations and pledges. The city’s Civic and Historical Society has contributed $25,000. Visit solanabeachcommuntiyfoundation.org to donate.
In March 2007, the city evaluated each of its 15 facilities in order of priority for modifications to comply with federal and state accessibility laws. Fletcher Cove Community Center was ranked second behind La Colonia Park and Museum.
“This is really going to be a great addition to our community,” Mayor Tom Campbell said.