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Restoration of final two beach restroom facilities moves forward

OCEANSIDE — City Council approved $814,000 for the entitlement, environmental and construction documents for beach restrooms by the pier amphitheater and at Tyson Street Park on Nov. 4.

Safdie Rabines Architects, of San Diego, will move forward with work on the final two beach restroom facilities to be renovated.

Restrooms by the pier amphitheater will be built from the ground up and include 14 unisex single stall toilets, a beach maintenance office and garage, and police garage.

The building design went through extensive community feedback. It will be a modern single story structure that will not contact the bluff.

Plans to build a grander two-story building with a viewing deck were nixed in favor of the simpler design.

The current historic restroom building will be remodeled and used to house police.

The beach stairway at Mission Avenue, and The Strand parking lot and plaza with also get a make over.

The sewer life pump station will be updated and relocated, which will address the current unpleasant odor.

Tyson Street Park will also see a new 14 single stall restroom facility.

There were delays in renovations of other beach restrooms, which were expected to be finished before this past summer season and are now open and wrapping up final inspections.

Delays, ongoing construction and unsightly porta potties during the peak summer months prompted numerous complaints from owners of beach vacation rentals.

Work on restrooms at Breakwater Way and Sportsfisher Drive began in November 2014, and was scheduled to be completed by Hal Hays Construction, of Riverside, in mid July.

The extended time to finish the build disappointed many, but the work was done well.

The city has moved forward with lessons learned.

“It’s a better process this time, but it’s not going to happen quickly,” Councilman Jack Feller said.

Construction of restrooms by the pier amphitheater and at Tyson Street Park is expected to start in November 2017, pending funds, and be completed by December 2018.