Major renovations to the historic in North Beach moved forward Tuesday with the award of an architectural contract.
Construction is scheduled to start in January—the city would close down the club and its pool as the La Pata-Vista Hermosa Sports Park opens, providing another city pool while the club is under construction, according to the staff report.
In the meantime, the firm Architectural Resources Group will receive $230,000 to do a complete structural, mechanical, geologic and plumbing assessment of the building and pool, develop cost estimates for construction and permitting, work with the city at public meetings and prepare the final construction plans and bid package to hire contractors to perform the work.
Beaches, Parks and Recreation Director Sharon Heider said though the firm was not the lowest bidder of the seven that submitted proposals, it was the most experienced in historical renovation.
"With a historic renovation, you have to do a little uncovering to find out how bad it actually is," Heider said. "We wanted to make sure, essentially, we were not a learning experience for them [the company]."
Council voted unanimously to award the contract.