Second Round of Beach Club Renovation Talks Tuesday

Council may direct consultants to move forward with the final redesign.

The San Clemente City Council is scheduled Tuesday for another round of discussions on how to restore and renovate the iconic Ole Hanson Beach Club in North Beach, and it may task architects with completing the final construction plans.

The complicated job was under discussion in November, but the council sent architects back to the drawing board. Several factors make the job trickier than most. They include the imperative not to alter the historical facade; project budget constraints; new city and Americans with Disabilities Act codes; and a long, narrow interior space in which architects have to cram all the improvements.

The plan is to split the construction into two phases -- the first of which would add a required elevator for the disabled and other floor plan improvements, as well as some necessary repairs and patches at a cost of $2.5 million.

The second, $1.2-million phase, the staff recommends in its report, should be started after the city starts collecting sales tax revenue from the planned Marblehead outlet mall. It includes finishing a catering kitchen; installing original windows and upgrades to the second floor; structural and heating-air conditioning improvements; and a new roof.

Staffers also lay out options for council to move around capital expenditure money to try to fit more work into one phase of construction, but such a move would be difficult, given current cash flows and other necessary projects around town.

The San Clemente City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the San Clemente Civic Center, 100 Ave. Presidio.


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