Construction on the Newport Beach Civic Center complex remains on track for a December Council meeting to be held in the new Council Chambers.
“They swear it’s on schedule,” Councilman Ed Selich said at the June board meeting of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District last week. “They swear to me that the whole thing will be done.”
The project, which broke ground in May 2010, will include a new City Hall, a 450-space parking structure, a 17,000-square-foot expansion of the Newport Beach Central Library, and a 16-acre park including a dog park and 1.23 miles of walking and viewing trails. The total costs is $128 million, according to a city webpage.
In May, Selich told members of the Corona del Mar Residents Association board that the new City Hall was on track for a December opening.
The plan is for the Council to hold its December meeting in the new Council Chambers, then let crews return to the building to complete work and work out all the bugs.
Selich acknowledged that there was no more cushion, and that any delay now could mean the December meeting remains at the current City Hall site.
One B.I.D. board member asked about the different finishes that appear to be going on the sail feature on the new Civic Center along Avocado Avenue.
Selich said the architect, Peter Bohlin, might make a presentation about the project in the future at the Central Library. The project’s landscape architect, Peter Walker, gave a similar presentation to the public in February 2011; read our story here.
Mayor Nancy Gardner told the B.I.D. board that the city has received several offers to donate artwork for the new building, but the design incorporates so much glass “that there’s nowhere to put it.”