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Community Center and Central Park Update

Post Date:10/03/2016 1:30 PM

Dear Fellow Millbrae Neighbors,

It’s been a little over two months since we lost our community center to a fire. Since that day, Millbrae officials and staff have worked diligently to restore the City’s parks and recreation programs and services. The good news is, we’re making good progress and well into that recovery. We have identified several location options for programs and staff services, and are working with our insurance company to start the rebuilding process.

Park Restoration

Restoring electricity to the park and affirming that the electrical system (except for the community center itself) is safe is the highest priority right now.  PG&E crews have been working on the site over the past several weeks, and we expect this work to finish in early October. As soon as the power is restored, the irrigation system can be used to water the Park trees, which need watering but are still in good condition.

We expect that the majority of Central Park can be re-opened for community use in November. By then, we anticipate that a final determination to demolish the remains of the building will have been made and the security fence pulled in closer to the building’s perimeter.

Building Financing

Staff and the City’s insurance carrier continue to work together to determine the cost replacement of the building, its contents, and the disruption to City services and revenues.

Restoration of Senior and Recreational Services

The recreation staff, with great cooperation from the community and neighboring cities moved, relocated, and made arrangements for over 100 of the classes, contractors, and rentals that used the community center and central park.  Highlighted programs and their relocation status:

  • Recreation staff compiled a list of meeting locations;
  • Specialty camps were held at Shea Center through the end of August;
  • Brown Bag and Bread Day moved to Constitution Plaza of City Hall;
  • Tennis courts at Mills High School will be open for play on weekends (Thanks to the high school district).

Rebuilding a state of the art community center is our core objective. At the community meeting on August 8th, we celebrated the impact of the community center, answered questions, and received many great ideas for a new state of the art center. Rebuilding the center will take time, and we will use that time to ensure that a thoughtful process will result in a cost effective community center that will serve as many purposes and needs for the community.  A project schedule will be out in October.

We appreciate the Millbrae community involvement and interest in the entire process. We will continue to provide you with regular updates so that we can rebuild our community center together. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we go through the necessary steps to remediate the site, and start the physical rebuilding process.

 

Sincerely,

The Community Center Sub-Committee

Wayne Lee, Council Member

Gina Papan, Council Member

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