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Commonly Asked Questions about the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan

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Recently, there have been a number of questions raised about the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about the project. Please note that as a result of some of the recent concerns expressed by residents and park users, the City Manager and key staff are working with the Project Manager, Heery International, to modify the proposed construction mitigation plan to minimize the disruption to residents and park users as well as retain as much park use as possible during construction. These proposed changes to the construction mitigation plan for the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan will be presented to the City Council in early 2012.

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What is the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan?
In November 2009, the City of West Hollywood celebrated 25 years of Cityhood. In celebration of this landmark, the City embarked upon a new capital project to develop premiere public facilities, parks and open space: The 25th Anniversary Capital Project. World-class facilities that reward the community and assert permanence to help reflect the City’s dynamic legacy. The projects include three major components: 

The Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan includes renovation and expansion of Fiesta Hall into a quality multi-purpose performance venue for the community with the capacity to accommodate between 150 and 200 people in theater-style seating; improvement and expansion of parkland and green space and additional parking for park patrons and the public.

Other improvements to Plummer Park will include the following: 

  • Enhancing the existing green space in the center of Plummer Park; 
  • Creation of a central park promenade that will run east-west from Vista Street to Fuller Avenue;
  • Establishing a quiet formal garden in the area fronting Fuller Street;
  • Creation of additional green space throughout the park;
  • An interactive water feature;
  • Construction of a new Pre-School Program building to replace an outdated modular building;
  • New play equipment;
  • Relocation of the existing basketball court; and 
  • 47,000 square feet of new park space (more than one acre).

The new Fiesta Hall performance venue will include capacity to accommodate between 150 and 200 people in theater-style seating, tables, chairs and/or flat floor use; opportunity to create a 99-seat “black box” for cultural performances; new lighting and sound systems; improved acoustics; new furnishings; improvements to Fiesta Hall’s main entry, outside patio area, main auditorium, stage, dressing rooms, restrooms, lobby and kitchen areas; new heating and ventilation system; new exterior landscaping; and Fiesta Hall will be upgraded to current building code requirements including all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the City’s Green Building Requirements for Public Buildings. 

A subterranean parking structure will be constructed that will serve park users. It will also provide for the creation of 33,000 square feet of new additional parkland and green space at Plummer Park.

Who developed the Plummer Park Master Plan?
The City has master plans for both West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park. The Plummer Park Master Plan was first completed in 1994. It was re-visited and modified in 2004, as a result of a series of nine public meetings held by the Park Master Plan Steering Committee. The park rehabilitation project now being developed is based upon that Master Plan, and the 2004 re-visit modifications. Importantly, the current proposal was developed in detail over the last 36 months by a large community-based steering committee that included residents and City representatives.

The Plummer Park Design Steering Committee held four public meetings on the overall project and one Fiesta Hall Focus Group meeting. A total of sixty-two (62) meetings were held in which the Plummer Park Master Plan/Project was agendized. They include the following: Public Facilities Commission (38 meetings); Human Services Commission (4 meetings); Eastside Project Area Committee (2 meetings); Public Workshops (3); Senior Advisory Board (3 meetings); Senior Leisure Activity Lecture Series (1); Bicycle Task Force (1 meeting); Disability Advisory Board (1 meeting); Historic Preservation Commission (2 meetings); Planning Commission (3 meetings); Russian Advisory Board (2 meetings); Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (1 meeting) and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission (1 meeting.) In total, more than ninety (90) public meetings were held to gather public input during the development of the 1994 Plummer Park Master Plan and subsequent 2004 re-visit and Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan.

When was the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan developed?
The City has evaluated enhancements and upgrades to the existing Plummer Park facility to better serve the recreational needs of the community. After a series of community meetings concluded in 1994, a Plummer Park Master Plan was adopted by City Council. It called for the construction of the Plummer Park Comprehensive Services Center and a re-visit of the Master Plan, in future years as the community’s recreational needs expanded. In 2004, the Plummer Park Master Plan was updated and many of the elements of the 1994 plan were reconfirmed.

Who served on the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan Steering Committee?
In 2008, the City Council approved the establishment of a 23-member Design Steering Committee to further guide, provide comment and input on the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan and Pre-Design/Site Planning/Programming Phase, Schematic Design Phase and Design Development Phase of the Project.

The Design Steering Group consisted of two members of the City Council; members of the Public Facilities Commission; and a representative from nearly all of the City’s Commissions and Boards including the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; Historic Preservation Commission; Human Services Commission; Planning Commission; Eastside Project Advisory Commission; Disability Advisory Board; Russian Advisory Board; Senior Advisory Board; and members of the Teen Leadership Program.

How many trees will be added to Plummer Park?
The number of trees in Plummer Park will be increased from 210 to 246. The health and viability of every tree in Plummer Park has been examined, cataloged and evaluated for each tree’s ability to be saved and re-used. The criteria used to evaluate each tree included age and health of the tree as well as whether the tree was growing too close to another tree (when the odds of survival are low due to intertwined roots.) The increase in trees will be as follows:

  • 76 trees of the existing 210 trees will remain in place
  • 80 trees will be carefully boxed, saved and replanted 
  • 90 new trees will be added, each will be a minimum of 72” boxed trees, all large trees on day one.

There are seven trees in Plummer Park that are considered to be of significance: three will be saved (two will be protected in place and one will be boxed, saved and replanted); three will be removed but will not be replanted due to poor health as determined by the project arborist and one tree will not be able to be saved due to size and location of the tree.

The project landscape design firm is Olin Partnership. Olin has a significant and noteworthy track record of park designs over existing structures. A list of notable Olin projects with park designs over existing structures include Vila Olimpica, Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with the 1992 Summer Olympics (1991); Battery City Park Master Plan Implementation (at Robert F Wagner Park), NY, NY (1996); J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (1997); Canary Wharf, London, England (2000); Columbus Circle, NY, NY (2005); and UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA (2008).

When does construction start?
The start of construction will be confirmed once the mitigation plan is completed. Once construction starts the project will consist of several phases in order to limit the impact on the neighbors and park users. Portions of the park will remain open during the entire construction project including the north parking lot on Vista and Fountain, home of the Helen Albert Farmers’ Market, Plummer Park Community Center/Teen Center/Senior Center, a majority of the tennis courts will remain open as well as portions of parkland and green space.

How long will Plummer Park be under construction?
Once construction starts, the project will take approximately 22 months to complete in several phases in order to limit the impact on the neighbors and keep as many uses in the park.

Will I be able to use Plummer Park during construction?
Yes. The construction of the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan will consist of several phases in order to limit the impact on neighbors and park users. The following areas of the park will remain open during the entire project: 

  • Plummer Park Community Center;
  • Teen Center;
  • Senior Center;
  • Majority of the tennis courts;
  • Portions of the of parkland, green and open space; 
  • Farmers Market (North Parking Lot);
  • North Parking Lot on Fountain Avenue; and 
  • Portions of the South Parking Lot (which is located at Santa Monica Boulevard park entrance).

How will the following specific areas/uses at Plummer Park be impacted during construction:

Plummer Park Community Center – The Plummer Park Multipurpose Community Center will be open throughout the duration of the construction project.

West Hollywood Senior Center – The West Hollywood Senior Center, which is operated by JFS, will remain open throughout the duration of the construction. In addition, more than 40 parking spaces in the parking lot in front of the building will be available for use.

Teen Center – The Teen Center, which is located in the Plummer Park Multipurpose Community Center, will remain open throughout the duration of construction.

Tennis Courts – The tennis courts at Plummer Park will remain in use throughout the duration of construction although there will be a reduction in the number of tennis courts that will be available to the public. In order to ensure other park activities can continue during construction some of the tennis courts may be used to temporarily relocate other uses. Tennis players will be encouraged to use the tennis courts on the roof of the new West Hollywood Library which is located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Basketball Courts – The existing basketball courts at Plummer Park will be closed during construction. However, plans are underway to find an alternative area in Plummer Park to temporarily relocate one basketball court elsewhere in the park during construction.

Children’s Play Area – The existing Children’s Play Area and the play equipment will be closed; however, an area for children to play will be provided during construction.

Plummer Park Preschool – The Plummer Park Preschool Program will be temporarily moved to West Hollywood Park during the time that the new preschool building is being constructed.

Summer Camp Program – The Summer Camp Program will operate in the park, at a nearby location or West Hollywood Park.

Dogs – Special care will be taken to ensure that dogs will have a place to walk on leash while the park is under construction. After the project is completed, an off-leash dog area will be created.

Park Benches and Tables – Retaining the use of Plummer Park as a coveted place for recreational and fitness activities during construction is important. As such, plans are underway to look for alternative areas to relocate benches and game tables to ensure that park’s use for these purposes is maintained while other areas of the park are under construction.

Audubon Society – The Audubon Society, which is currently located in Great Hall, will move to an alternative location.

Russian Library – The Russian Library will be relocated to a new space in a City-owned building near Plummer Park.

What will happen to Fiesta Hall? How will it change?
Fiesta Hall will undergo a comprehensive rehabilitation and extensive renovation. Great care will be taken to maintain much of what we see today on the exterior of the building.

A new addition to the building exterior is a sound reflective canopy/band shell on the North side. There will also be improvements to the existing main entry from Vista Street as a realignment of the main entry to the north exterior. Other exterior improvements will include a new lobby area expansion and other improvements to the building perimeter. The south, west and east facades and roof will remain as they currently exist.

Interior improvements include new performance quality lighting and sound systems and improved acoustics as well as new seating and furnishings. Improvements will be made to the existing stage, dressing rooms and kitchen area. New energy efficient heating and ventilation systems will also be installed.

What will happen to Long Hall and Great Hall?
The project involves the demolition of Great Hall/Long Hall. The demolition is not insignificant, but it is integral in meeting critical community and project objectives including the creation of more parkland/green/open space, and a gain of more than 14,000 square feet. The total gain in contiguous parkland/green/open space is substantial. A total of more than 47,000 square feet of parkland/green/open space, more than one acre, will be added at the completion of the project.

How much parking will be added once the parking garage is completed?
By undergrounding some of the surface parking, the park will expand its parkland/green/open space by 33,000 square feet. The net gain in parking will be 69 additional spaces. The gain in contiguous parkland/green/open space is substantial. A total of over 47,000 square feet of parkland/green/open space, more than one acre, will be added at the completion of the project.

How will the City ensure that the parking garage is safe?
The parking garage is designed to be safer than the existing surface lot. The parking garage will be patrolled by a security guard during all hours of operation and be monitored by security cameras at all times.

How much will it cost to park in the parking garage?
Parking will remain free for park users.

Will the North Parking Lot still be in use during the construction?
The Plummer Park North Parking Lot, which is located on Fountain Avenue, will not be impacted by the construction and will be available for use by all park patrons and continue to be used for the weekly Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market.

Does the Plummer Park Master Plan include the purchase of adjacent property to expand the size of the park?
The Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan project does not call for the purchase of adjacent properties. However, the 1994 Master Plan and 2004 Master Plan re-visit calls for the purchase of adjacent properties along Santa Monica Boulevard.

How much will the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan cost?
The 25th Anniversary Capital Project is projected to cost $115 million which includes Phase I of the West Hollywood Park Master Plan; West Hollywood City Hall Automated Garage and Community Plaza Project and Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan. The specific costs for Phase I of the Implementation of the Plummer Park Master Plan are as follows:

Fiesta Hall $7 million
Underground Parking and more than an
acre of new Park Space
$10.1 million
Pre-School $1.8 million
Site Amenities & Park Improvements $6.3 million
Hazardous Materials Removal $200,000
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION BUDGET $25,400,000
Architectural Services $2,450,000
Construction Management Services $1.4 million
Special Items $500,000
Testing/Inspections/Commissioning $300,000
Owners Consultants $275,000
Agency, Utilities, & Mitigation Fees $175,000
City Wide Costs $50,000
TOTAL SOFT COSTS $5,150,000
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment $1,350,000
SUBTOTAL-ESTIMATED PROJECTED COST $31,900,000
Escalation & Market Conditions $4.3 million
Design Contingency $3 million
Post Bid Changes $1.6 million
Reserves for Owner Items $550,000
TOTAL CONTINGENCY $9,450,000
TOTAL BUDGET $41,350,000

The Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan is $41 million of which nearly $31 million has been funded by Tax Allocation Bonds issued by the West Hollywood Community Development Commission (CDC) which is also known as the Redevelopment Agency (RDA). (The CDC is comprised of members of the City Council.) The debt service on the bonds will be financed from the Increment Property Tax revenue generated in the Redevelopment Project Area of West Hollywood. The remaining funding for the project will be from unallocated cash currently on hand and future Increment Property Tax revenue from the RDA that has not been obligated.

Who should I contact for more information about the Plummer Park Master Plan?
For more information about the Implementation of Phase I of the Plummer Park Master Plan, contact Lisa Belsanti at (323) 848-6378, lbelsanti@weho.org or call (323) 848-3111, or visit our Plummer Park Master Plan web area.