The Coast News Group

City hires architect for Pacific View

Encinitas recently settled on an architect who will draft the plans to get the dilapidated Pacific View Elementary School campus up to code.

Last week the City Council authorized the city to enter into a contract with Weistberg + White for an amount not to exceed $70,000 to develop a preliminary design report, which will basically serve as a roadmap for city officials to determine what would need to be done to Pacific View to make it habitable.

Currently, the 2.8-acre school site at E and 3rd streets, which was shut down in 2004, is not safe for occupancy.

It is unclear how much money it will take for the city to get the buildings to basic habitable shells.

Weistberg + White was the lowest bidder out of 10 firms that submitted bids for the project. On average, the bids were around $84,000 with the highest bid coming in at just over $101,000.

The awarding of the contract is a key step to getting Pacific View prepared for a potential operating partner that will help the city settle in on an interim use for the property.

The Council approved the process for selecting a partner at the same April 8 meeting.