The West Hollywood City Council last night approved a $12 million increase in the budget for the renovation of West Hollywood Park, which will bring the total cost of the second stage of the renovation to $113.5 million.
With the inclusion of phase one of the renovation, which included construction of the West Hollywood Library, the City Council Chambers and the five-story parking structure, the city’s overall spending on the eight-acre park is anticipated to be $22.2 million an acre.
City Councilmember Lauren Meister objected to the $2.8 million increase in the city’s contract for construction management services with CBRE Heery Inc. That 56% increase means the city will be paying CBRE Heery a total of $7.8 million. Meister was the only council member to vote “no” on that portion of the overall increase.
The second stage of the renovation was initially anticipated to be completed this year. However, now the final completion is expected in the Spring of 2022.
Mayor John D’Amico suggested that the city consider putting up a barricade around the entire park so that the renovation could move faster. The city initially had decided to leave as much of the park open to residents while construction was underway on specific parts of the redevelopment. However, D’Amico noted, the entire park now is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The renovation has drawn criticism from some residents, who have cited expensive aspects such as the $1.75 million “grand stair.”