According to information provided to us by Tony Manolatos in Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s office, the project is currently waiting for custom inscribed donor tiles that are to be provided by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corp. From city staff:
As you are probably aware, Phase 1 of the gateway plaza is open for public use in compliance with the timeline for the Prop 40 grant deadline. It is our understanding that the “punch list items” yet to be completed by the contractor are pending the arrival of the inscribed donor tiles to be provided by the OBCDC. Installation of sidewalk railing (along Sunset Cliffs Blvd.) and property line screen wall will be completed at the same time with the installation of the tiles.
Sources have also claimed that contractors on the project have not been paid for some of the work they’ve done. A representative from Native Landscape, the landscape contracting firm on the project, declined to go into detail about the company’s dealings with the City, but did intimate that there have been some issues receiving payment from the City. The representative did say, however, that the firm has been paid most of what it is owed.
For their part, representatives in the city’s Engineering and Capital Projects department were not aware of any issues related to payments to contractors.
The OB Gateway project was budgeted $435,000 for construction on the remodeled entryway. A total of $872,188 was set aside for the job, which included design, environmental impact study, permitting, and staff time. Funds were raised through a combination of sources, including Prop 40, a community block development grant, and private donations.
Groundbreaking for the entryway redesign took place last December, and was initially estimated to be completed by February, 2011. Despite that estimate, city staffers insist that the project is not behind schedule.