Should the City Council direct the City Manager to merge the Old City Hall and Veterans Building Conceptual Design Projects approved for Phase 1 of Measure T1, and add Civic Center Park to create a unified conceptual design project, at a cost of $300,000, the amount already allocated by Council?
At its July 25, 2017 meeting, the Berkeley City Council will consider whether to direct the City Manager to merge the Old City Hall and Veterans Building Conceptual Design Projects approved for Phase 1 of Measure T1 implementation and add Civic Center Park to create a single, unified conceptual design project for these three Civic Center elements, at a cost of $300,000, the combined amounts already allocated by Council. The project will focus on:
a. A retrofit study of the Veteran’s Memorial and Old City Hall Buildings. The study should include, but not be limited to, an updated inventory of needed repairs, potential methods for seismic reinforcement and ADA accessibility, and strategies for making the buildings safe to re-occupy at a cost that is viable.
b. Design and uses for these three elements and also consider the context of other civic center buildings and features.
c. “Place-making,” historic preservation/adaptation and the celebration and enjoyment of the public commons by all Berkeley residents will be central to concepts presented.
All proposals shall conform to the existing Civic Center Overlay zoning requirements and achieve the highest green building standards possible, with reference to the Berkeley Deep Green Building proposal and other local, state and national green building standards.
To read the full agenda item, see Item 35 on the July 25, 2017 agenda page - http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2017/07_Jul/City_Council__07-25-2017_-_Regular_Meeting_Agenda.aspx
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