Wednesday, August 13, 2008
San Diego’s downtown development corporation, CCDC, has postponed for a second time a meeting to announce the cost of two competing bids to build a new City Hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The outcome of the number crunching will help decide if redeveloping the civic center makes financial sense, at a time when the city of San Diego has a billion dollar pension deficit.
CCDC officials say it’s worth building a new city hall and tearing down the old one. They estimate it would cost $125 million to refurbish the existing building.
Tom Aaron of the San Diego Taxpayers Association says he's looking into that assumption.
Because, if you think about it, the higher that renovation costs, the more sense a new civic center makes, so is that a luxury level renovation or is that what is needed just to make the building functional ?
He also wants to know if privatizing some city services will mean fewer city employees need to be housed at city hall in the future.
CCDC officials will roll out their analysis of why the plan makes sense tomorrow.
Alison St John, KPBS news.