The City Administration Building is among 115 facilities owned by the city of San Diego found to be in poor condition, according to results of an assessment that is scheduled to be presented to the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.
The city has been conducting assessments of a variety of types of public assets in order to get a handle on the scope of a backlog of capital improvement projects estimated to be around $3.9 billion. The report to be presented to the committee covers 274 facilities owned and occupied by the city.
Other reports have looked at roads, sidewalks and parks. Partial results of an assessment of leased buildings will be included in Wednesday’s presentation.
The 50-year-old City Hall, on C Street in downtown San Diego, has nearly $69 million in repair needs, and would cost more than $157 million to replace, according to the report.
Other facilities listed in the report as being in poor condition are the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department‘s training tower, the Mission Bay Information Center, 14 recreation centers, nine fire stations, five libraries and four lifeguard stations — including the headquarters.
Numerous other facilities fell into the “poor” category, including the North Park Senior Center, the rangemaster’s office at the police shooting range, tool sheds and other storage facilities in Balboa Park, and numerous “comfort stations” — city terminology for public restrooms.
“The new data in this assessment underscores why we are developing an infrastructure financing plan to help address the city’s unfunded backlog of repairs,” committee Chairman Mark Kersey said. “The citizens of San Diego deserve to have libraries, recreation centers and other facilities reflecting our status as a world-class city.”
The authors of the report said the results point to a “significant need for action” but noted that the findings aren’t out of line with the average age of the buildings examined, which was 35 years old. The interior finish, electrical, and heating and air conditioning problems detected in such buildings fit with their age, they said.
The authors recommended the city develop an action plan for the facilities that were found to be in poor condition, including deciding whether to repair or replace them. They also suggested creating funding plans, setting a goal of reducing the average condition rating within five years, establishing a preventative maintenance program and setting a schedule for regular condition assessments.
— City News Service
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