Coronado Rotary Plaza Project Updateback
Project Need and Purpose
v The purpose of the project, as stated in the Business Areas Development Plan (BADP), is to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety while providing a centrally located plaza for the
v The project would impose design changes to the intersections of
v The project is also meant to improve vehicular safety by effecting changes to the existing traffic circulation patterns to reduce traffic confusion. The existing traffic patterns at the intersection of eastbound
v A centrally located plaza, a key component of the village atmosphere the City has attempted to foster in prior downtown enhancement projects, could improve the overall ambiance of the area, provide a visual link to
Project Specifics and History
v In June 2007, a total of $1.5 million dollars was programmed into the 2007/2008 Capital Improvement Plan Budget for project design and construction.
v On September 18, 2007, the Coronado City Council instructed staff to proceed with final design of the project, utilizing the traffic circulation concept and plaza design plan shown on Option 2, Revision 2.
v On February 5, 2008, the Coronado City Council instructed staff to hold a final Public Workshop with the intent of achieving consensus regarding the interior architectural design of the proposed project.
v The immediate next step in the project delivery process is to achieve consensus regarding the amenities and features that will be incorporated into the architectural design of the plaza's interior. The City is hosting a Public Workshop on Thursday, May 1, 2008. The meeting will be held in the Nautilus Room at the Community Center,
v The application process for a Caltrans right-of-way permit is underway. All required permits will need to be in place prior to bidding the project.
v The construction bidding process will take approximately one month, with the expectation that it will be completed in summer 2008. The City Council will then be presented with a staff report requiring a decision on whether or not to award a contract to the low bidder for the proposed work. The Council may opt to approve the award of the contract at the price listed, require re-bidding of the contract, or call for the abandonment of work on the project. In order to avoid engaging in disruptive construction activities during the summer months when Coronado experiences its peak pedestrian and vehicular traffic, all efforts are being made to have the project's design, permitting and bidding processes completed in a timely manner to be ready to commence construction groundbreaking by September 2008 and achieve substantial completion by December 2008.
Project Feedback and Reaction
v The design team has significantly revised the preferred alternative conceptual plan in an attempt to address the various concerns with the original plan, including the loss of parking spaces. The proposed design is the project team's latest attempt to balance the desire to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety, including the creation of a significant, attractive, and pleasant public space, while minimizing parking and traffic circulation-related impacts to the area's residential and business interests. Additionally, concerns have been raised by the City Council regarding a lack of landscaping in the design of the plaza interior. The design team has attempted to incorporate these comments into the proposed design of the interior architectural space.