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City Staffers to Recommend Rejection of Roxbury Park Master Plan Bids

The lowest bid submitted would exceed the project's budget by about $2 million.

City staffers will advise the City Council at its Dec. 6 formal meeting to reject the bids that were submitted for renovating the Roxbury Park Community Center as part of the , according to a city statement. 

The Beverly Hills Office of Communications sent out a press release Tuesday indicating that city staffers will seek direction from the council after receiving bids for the renovation project that were “significantly higher than budgeted.”

The lowest of the three bids, according to the statement, was just under $14.4 million, which would bring the full cost of the project—including administration and contingencies—to $16.8 million. That amount exceeds the $14.7 million that has been budgeted for the project.

According to the prequalification paperwork that bidders must submit to the City Clerk’s office, renovations of the Roxbury Park Community Center would be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase One: The demolition of approximately 50 percent of the existing Roxbury Community Center and a portion of the surface parking lot.
  • Phase Two: Construction of the new community center facility and surface parking lot.
  • Phase Three: The demolition of the remaining existing community center and remaining surface parking lot, and the reconstruction of surface parking in that area.

The new community center would feature a sports gymnasium, exercise room, several meeting rooms, a branch library, a commercial grade catering kitchen and an open office area. Renovations would focus on exterior walls with finishes of glass and stone, interior walls, ceilings, floor finishes, duct work, built-in cabinetry, restrooms, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.

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David Murphy December 01, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Interesting. I can certainly understand the need to keep trying in order to keep costs down. Let's just make sure we DO move forward one way or another, even if things have to be rebid in some new way. The park buildings' current state really reflects poorly on Beverly Hills right now, and we do need to move forward one way or another after so many years of delays.
Gary Gorlick December 01, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Most of the community are in favor of upgrades. But they reject having a gymnasium and a banquet facility. Many years ago this park tried teen age activity on week ends and it was so destructive to the quality of life for the locals that it had to be stopped. This park is wonderful when kept as a park. It is not to be a wild loud community-ruining FACILITY! Don't RUIN ROXBURY.
Ellen Bloom Underhill December 16, 2011 at 05:54 AM
The City of Beverly Hills might want to update their architectural preservation laws. The origins of this mid-20th century, architect designed building IS historic and should be preserved or reused. Read about its origins here: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6443808857_eee579a720_b.jpg
Kaya August 29, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Why can't our charming city be left charming. Update and renovate but leave the place with its character and charm. This city has just been continuously ruined with all this kind of re-building and modernizing. When are those that are destroying our city going to stop with this stuff. It's pathetic. None of the locals want these proposals. All those millions to be spent to further destroy the character that's still left is very disturbing. It needs to stop now. Take a few thousand and re-do the bathrooms, for the rest, please put the money where it can be used, and desired. This city must be preserved, what's left of it, not stripped of its charming origin. Hasn't the allowance of all these huge disgusting cement palaces which have replaced the cute charming Spanish homes on our streets, been enough disgrace to our city? The people who have resided here for many years and generations think so.
Kaya August 29, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Totally agree.

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