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Horton Plaza civic build price grows grander

The classical design for the civic plaza and park being built downtown at Broadway (right) and Fourth Ave (bottom).
The classical design for the civic plaza and park being built downtown at Broadway (right) and Fourth Ave (bottom).City of San Diego

More than a year and a half after the city gave the go ahead on the civic plaza and park build project at Horton Plaza, the city council finally decided to pay Pacific Construction enough to build the full design. An additional 4.8 million dollars will pay for the classically designed civic center decided by the five member Horton Plaza Design Committee after the initial minimum project funding funded the project construction start.

Mayor Faulconer, a city councilmember in 2011 and 2012, won the decision to revitalize downtown's public gathering place on Broadway at an under 10 million dollar starting cost. In an agreement with Westfield, the Horton Plaza owner, the city agreed to a plan to bring in an architect to create a design the developers did not have at the time the project start was funded, and raise funding, as needed, to give the contractor enough to handle the latest step in design.

The architect created the design following a series of public workshops in April through uly in 2011.

CivicSD, the city's downtown developer, planned on only a three quarter million dollar project shortfall when the city council approved the project start. The city's work with Westfield, and the public, on the design produced a grand scale civic plaza with a large amphitheater and granite paving, and a historic park with a refurbished Broadway fountain and a full lawn. (see picture).

The construction bid awarded to Pacific Construction this May has a bigger budget. CivicSD added construction industry inflation costs to the project funding amount.

The city also agreed to keep a 750,000 dollar reserve account to depend on for future repairs and replacements at the Horton Plaza center built in the palc eof the old Robinsons-May building.

Two hundred construction jobs are lined up for the work turning the Broadway and Fourth Avenue corner into a public heart of San Diego. A downtown place to gather to enjoy the outdoors and make cultural festivals, and jazz and classical concerts, part of San Diego life will cost the city far more than the millions in property tax assessments invested in the project at the start.

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