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New study finds Grover Beach city buildings need $16.7 million in renovations

David Middlecamp/dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Several Grover Beach city government buildings are in need of improvements that could cost $16.7 million, according to a recent Facilities Condition and Needs Assessment.

At its Monday meeting, the Grover Beach City Council heard and discussed the findings of the FCNA, which found five buildings are due for upgrades and renovations, according to a news release from the city, including the Police Department, City Hall, Emergency Operations Center, Ramona Garden Park Center and Community Center.

The buildings range between 20 and 65 years in age, and all require structural repairs, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant upgrades and other improvements, the report found.

“It is critical to develop plans for our city facilities to ensure they will effectively meet our community’s long-term needs,” Mayor Karen Bright said in the release. “The FCNA provides insights to help us begin charting a responsible and fiscally prudent path forward.”

The study was authorized in June 2022 by the City Council due to a “steady escalation” of facility maintenance needs and costs, along with increases in city staff and equipment.

In December 2022, the city awarded a contract to Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects to evaluate the city’s five buildings, which, in addition to the recommended renovations, found City Hall and the Police Department have outgrown their current facilities, according to the news release.

In particular, the report found City Hall lacks enough room for its staff, and the Police Department has a “significant lack” of storage space, according to the news release.

The City Council considered four options, ultimately proceeding with Option 2, which would see City Hall and the Police Department renovated and enhanced on their current sites, with most of the reconstruction facing South 8th Street for increased street parking, the release said.

The Emergency Operations Center would also be relocated from its current home on the Police Department’s property to the Ramona Park Garden Center, which would also undergo technological upgrades, the release said.

In addition to the $16.7 million cost associated with these facilities upgrades, the city is also considering a multi-million-dollar renovation plan for that Corporation Yard that houses maintenance operations.

Funding for these renovations has not yet been secured, though city staff will work with the City Council to find funding sources, guided by the FCNA’s recommendations.

“This report is a critical starting point to help create functional and well-equipped civic facilities over the long-term to best serve our community,” Grover Beach city manager Matthew Bronson said in the release. “I appreciate the council’s commitment to a multi-year process that prioritizes public safety, quality services and fiscal responsibility.”