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Community Center and Central Park Update

Post Date:10/18/2016 3:06 PM

Dear Fellow Millbrae Neighbors,

Since our last update, the City has continued to advance its work in the community center fire recovery. This week the City will make more decisions on interim spaces to accommodate program and staff services. Also, we will begin discussing the schedule to start the rebuilding process with our insurance carrier and adjusters.

Park Restoration

Our highest near-term priority is the restoration of electricity to Central Park. We are working with the insurance carrier, contractors and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to restore power to Central Park. As soon as power is restored, the irrigation system can be used to water the trees and we can make progress on re-opening the tennis courts.

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

Building Financing

Staff and the City’s insurance carrier met last week to review progress and determine next steps to arrive at the cost to replace the building, its contents, and the disruption to City services and revenues.  We are encouraged by the insurance carrier’s attention to detail and the respectful approach by the large team of specialists assigned to the claim.

Restoration of Senior and Recreational Services

We are setting up semi-permanent spaces to house programs and services for the duration of the rebuilding effort. We have confirmed that our insurance will cover the costs to set up and operate space near Central Park and the Civic Center to house many of the activities that occurred at the Community Center.

The City has hired a project manager whose sole focus will be the rebuilding of the Community Center.  He has quickly gotten up to speed on the many moving parts and is already well integrated into the team at City Hall. Through his work, we are pivoting away from recovery (although that effort will carry forward as well) and into the rebuilding process. By the end of the month, a rebuilding schedule will be made available for viewing.

How You Can Help

The Millbrae Community Foundation continues to collect donations to help support recovery and rebuild efforts. To make a donation, please visit:

A 5K fun run fundraiser for the community center, sponsored by the City of Millbrae, Millbrae Rotary Club, Interacts, and other donors, will be held on October 29, 2016. Please visit to register or get more information.

During this entire process, we have worked with the community in recovering from the fire. We continue to ask that you be patient and stay involved in the rebuilding process. We are working diligently to get Central Park, the tennis courts, and all other programs and services up and running as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support and involvement in the rebuilding effort.


The Community Center Sub-Committee

Wayne Lee, Council Member

Gina Papan, Council Member


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