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Santa Monica Capital Project Spending Hit $185 Million Last Year
By Niki Cervantes
February 7, 2018 -- From a $66 million annex to City Hall to a series of other building projects both big and small, the City of Santa Monica spent, or committed to spending, $185 million as it progressed on hundreds of capital-improvement projects last year, according to a year-end progress report.
During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the City spent about $97 million, and committed to another $88 million in contracts requiring near-term contracts, said Susan Cline, the City’s director of public works.
It represents about half of the CPI budget for last fiscal year, she said. The remaining funds will be carried forward to finance a long list of projects, which typically require more than a year to complete and as a result need access to ongoing dollars.
In all, the City budgeted 233 projects in the last fiscal year, about a quarter of which were for ongoing maintenance, such as street repaving, urban forest renewal and replacement of aged vehicles in the City’s fleet.
Highlights of the year, Cline said, were design development of the City Services Building, uber-green -- and expensive -- and meant to meet “Living Building Challenge” certification ("City of Santa Monica Prepares to Bond Nearly $77 million for Greenest Building in California History," August 4, 2017).
The modernization of the aged City Yards -- a project expected to cost $114 million in its first phases -- also moved forward, with feasibility and conceptual designs completed ("Santa Monica Lays Groundwork for $114 Million Phase of City Yards Project," January 10, 2017).
In addition, the City saw the completion of installation of fiber-optic infrastructure for Clover Park, Fire Station 2 and Fire Station 5.
Cline said the annual report provides a “comprehensive one-year snapshot of progress made on all capital projects” funded last fiscal year.
In addition, 973 sidewalk repairs were completed throughout the City, Cline said.
Construction of the 2.35-acre Ishihara Park was completed and opened to the public in February 2017. The schematic design and design development phases of the Airport Park Expansion project were largely completed, and Reed Park was completely renovated.
Also detailed in the report were key projects for water delivery and affordable housing.
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