Lakeland Village Community Center improvements advertised for bid

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The construction contract for improvements to the Lakeland Village Community Center has been advertised for bid.

On June 9, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the plans and specifications for Phase II of the Lakeland Village Community Center Master Planning Project and authorize the clerk of the board of supervisors to advertise the project for bids. The motion also approved a project budget of $798,737, authorized the use of Community Development Block Grant funding for the project, designated the director of the county’s facilities management department as the county official responsible for administering the contract and found the project to be categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Protection Act review.

The Lakeland Village Community Center in the 16200 block of Grand Avenue opened in June 2016. The property had previously been Butterfield Elementary School before the Lake Elsinore Unified School District closed the school in 2010, and the county purchased the land from the school district in 2015.

The community center includes a multipurpose room, a performance stage, an arts and crafts room, a dance studio, a children’s activity room, meeting space and administrative offices. The master plan will phase improvements as funding becomes available and includes playgrounds, other recreational activities, athletic field rehabilitation, upgrades of amenities to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, paving and building upgrades, water quality improvements, pavement removal and landscaping. In June 2019, the county supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the master plan in principle and to approve a professional services agreement with Rick Engineering to begin the design and development work which was completed later in 2019.

A contract for Phase I of the improvements was approved on a 5-0 vote, Dec. 17, 2019, and that work is currently under construction. Phase II includes pickleball courts, climbing and play structures, a sand volleyball court and various hardscape and landscape improvements.

Community Development Block Grant projects are intended to revitalize lower-income communities and can be used for parks or other facilities which serve low-income residents even if the facility itself is not in a low-income census tract. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for CDBG projects, so the Federal funding makes them subject to National Environmental Protection Act review which could include a finding of no significant impact. Because the project is limited to outdoor play areas, landscaping and hardscaping, there will be no changes to the overall function of the recreational facility so no environmental impacts will occur.

The $796,737 budgeted amount provides $576,625 for the contract, $50,000 for furnishings, $45,000 for inspection and testing, $35,000 for project management, $15,000 for architectural design, $2,000 for environmental notices of exemption, $1,500 for permits, $1,000 for an environmental survey and $72,612 for contingency. All of the funding will be from the Community Development Block Grant allocation.

Phase III of the master plan will include landscape and hardscape improvements to the entrance and drive isle. Once funding is obtained a contract for that work will be advertised for bid.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.