The City Council tonight will consider whether to budget another $4.25 million dollars for the redevelopment of West Hollywood Park, bringing the total cost of the eight-acre project to more than $90 million, or $11.26 million an acre.
The additional costs are associated with adding an area where dogs can play and adding additional parking spaces above those previously planned. A city staff report estimates the cost of the dog play area at $750,000 and the cost of the additional parking spaces at $3.5 million, which it says will be covered by additional revenue from those spaces.
The city staff studied five options for additional parking, ranging from 60 additional spaces at $29,000 per space to 141 additional parking spaces at $60,000 per space. It is recommending the Council approve an option that will result in a total of 93 spaces to the proposed recreation building and another 40 spaces at the West Hollywood Library parking garage.
The park currently has 460 parking spaces, with 324 of them in the five-story parking garage on San Vicente Boulevard, 92 in the library garage and another 44 in a parking lot on El Tovar Place at Robertson Boulevard. The El Tovar spaces will be eliminated during the park redevelopment, with that area turned into park ground and an entryway into the park.