After mulling possibilities like a pricey ground-up rebuild of its 32-year-old Adult Community Center that would add pools, the San Carlos City Council is being asked to sign off on an interior-only makeover that would also make it ADA compliant.
The council considered the idea in February but wanted first to look at the idea of building a new community facility rather than remodeling the older and widely used Chestnut Street building.
The San Carlos Community and Aquatics Center Site Feasibility Study looked at turning the current site and adjacent privately-owned apartment buildings into a combined center with two indoor lap and recreation pools. But Parks and Recreation Director Christine Boland said that option carries a $80 million price tag and wouldn’t be built until 2019-20 if voters approved a bond measure or parcel tax to pick up the tab.
Instead, Boland is recommending the council Tuesday night stick with the original remodel option which will be covered by the $1.6 million capital budget fund for this project and any funds raised by the Friends of the San Carlos Adult Community Center. The fundraising group favored the interior remodel in a poll of members who indicated a willingness to pledge an undetermined amount of money toward the effort, Boland said.
The community has wanted a pool going back at least 15 years — a pool and a school are the two items always on the wish list, Boland said — but land is scarce and the combined center idea too expensive so that item remains shelved.
Another option is keeping the existing center and building around it to add parking and an aquatic center but city staff said it’s not possible given the current state of disrepair.
Even not starting from scratch, the city has a long laundry list of improvements for the center. The facilities master plan identified 203 items including counter heights, doorknobs, lighting, the outdated restrooms and ramps for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“There are just all these little projects so we combined them together,” she said.
Boland had been thinking the ADA components would be addressed separately but said it is included in the June budget so, assuming it is approved, the work can be done alongside the other improvements.
The existing center’s space includes a lounge area, library, computer lab, commercial kitchen and other rooms for projects and classes. Updating the area should make the existing space more functional, create more storage space and better serve its users.
The fixes also include basic maintenance on aging systems. The heating/ventilation and air conditioning equipment is well past its useful life but short of a full failure will remain in place.
Recently, Boland said another problem was also uncovered at the building — termites.
If the council approves Boland’s renovation request, the work could take three to four months beginning fall of next year. On top of coordinating work on the makeover, Boland said the city must also find a temporary location for the center’s users.
The San Carlos City Council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
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