City alone funds sports park with Prop. L sales tax

VISTA — City Council voted unanimously Nov. 18 to move forward on the 16-acre, five-field sports park planned for construction on the northwestern edge of town. The park is one of many civic projects funded by the half-cent sales tax approved by the voters as Proposition L in 2006.
The required massive grading of the park property was originally to be done jointly by the city and Concordia Homes, which intended to site a
159-home housing project
on a neighboring property. However, the souring economy stalled the Concordia project, leaving the sports park in development limbo. Work has since proceeded on all of the other Proposition L projects, including two firehouses, an amphitheater and a city center, and the delay has stirred outcry from residents and politicians.
Under the newly approved proposal, the city will take on the responsibility of moving the more than 21,000 truckloads of dirt from the Concordia lot to fill in the park site. Lusardi Construction Company of San Marcos was contracted for the task due to its experience in park construction and large-scale grading operations.
City staffers are not yet certain how much the grading will add to the park’s $15.9 million price tag, nor has an agreement been finalized with Concordia for reimbursement.
“Concordia is willing to pay their fair share for the improvement,” Robin Putnam, community development director, said.
Work will start in January and take 12 months. The park should be ready for use in spring 2010.

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