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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19

Meeting Date: April 10, 2007

Subject/Title: Endorse the Brentwood Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan in concept and authorize staff to bring the Plan components to the City Council for formal consideration as part of the 2007/08- 2011/12 CIP Budget

Prepared by: Gail Leech, Management Analyst

Submitted by: Donna Landeros, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Endorse the Brentwood Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan in concept and authorize staff to bring the Plan components to the City Council for formal consideration as part of the 2007/08- 2011/12 CIP Budget.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On February 24, 2007, City Council held their annual goal setting workshop with City Staff wherein they reviewed the proposed Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan.

BACKGROUND
Staff and previous City Councils have worked for the last five years to define a comprehensive, long term vision for the City’s Downtown Core. This has been a very complicated process because of the domino effect of the many different components.

This planning process has included:
• Adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan,
• A recommendation to the City Council by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee regarding Community Facilities that was accepted in January 2006
• Extensive meetings with representatives of Liberty Union High School District,
• Consultation with the Senior Subcommittee the County Librarian and Friends of the Library, and the Arts Commission
• Community outreach workshops

In July and August of 2006, City Staff worked with a team of design experts and the Brentwood Community to determine what downtown Brentwood should look like in the near and distant future.

Through the community workshops, residents told us what they wanted to see in the downtown and, specifically, what community facility additions and improvements they thought the new Civic Center should include. An overwhelming majority of the workshop participants chose the following fifteen elements as key components to a successful and inviting downtown:

1. Provide a special events area/venue
2. Restore City Park
3. Provide a “sidewalk café” environment
4. Move the Library and build a new one
5. Provide a mixture of civic and retail facilities around the park
6. Build facilities at two stories; maybe three with a staggered third floor
7. Build a recreation center next to the Aquatic Center
8. Replace/rebuild the Community Center – provide a mixed used facility
9. Provide a water feature either at City Hall, City Park or on the Plaza
10. Extend Third Street
11. Provide appropriate parking alternatives
12. Designs should reflect the four architectural styles defined in the Downtown Specific Plan
13. Building materials should be colorful and expressive
14. Building entries should be defined, inviting and focused
15. Exterior public space should include pedestrian arcades

The information received from all of these activities has been incorporated into the proposed phasing plan for the following community facilities:
• City Hall and Council Chamber,
• Civic Center Parking Structure,
• Civic Center Plaza and Water Feature,
• Third Street Extension,
• New Community / Arts Center,
• Senior Adult Education Center,
• Relocation of Library,
• City Park
• Redesign and Restoration and the Downtown Parking Facilities.

Once the phasing plan had been developed, the funding mechanisms needed to be put in place. On February 24, 2007, City Council held their annual goal setting workshop with City Staff wherein they reviewed the proposed Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan. Elements of this plan are as follows:

Phase I 2007-2008
Relocate: Liberty High School Bus Barn, Tennis Courts and Pool.
Build the Senior Adult Education Center at the Aquatic Park.

Total for Phase I $16,000,000

Phase II 2008-2010
Construct downtown parking facilities; design and implement downtown streetscape; build new City Hall and Council Chamber; construct Civic Center parking garage; building Civic Center Plaza and water feature.

Total for Phase II $63,700,000

Phase III 2011
Relocate the library to 104-120 Oak Street; Extend Third Street; Complete City Park redesign / restoration

Total for Phase III $5,000,000

Phase IV 2010-2012
Build the new Community / Arts Center

Total for Phase IV $20,000,000

Additional projects – not part of the Civic Center, but will be included in the financing:
Adams Middle School Joint Use Gym and Summerset Park.

Total $3,700,000

This Civic Center Financing and Phasing Plan is consistent with the adopted Downtown Specific Plan and the City’s General Plan.

FISCAL IMPACT
Total costs of $108.4 million are expected to be incurred for the completion of all of the projects included in the Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan. The funding sources for the projects are:

• General Fund $14 million
• Community Facilities Districts $36.5 million
• Redevelopment Agency $23.5 million
• Development Fees $34.4 million.

We expect that the Community Facilities Districts and the Redevelopment Agency will issue bonds in order to pay for their portion of the costs. The issuance of the bonds will be brought before Council for approval in the near future. All of the projects in the Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan are included in the 2007/08 – 2011/12 Capital Improvement Budget which will be presented at the Council workshop on April 24.


Attachment:
Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan
 

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