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Council Approves Architect to Design Bayshore Community Center

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Daly City - The $7 million Bayshore Community Center and Library, a mere concept a little over a year ago, moved closer to becoming a reality Monday night when the City Council of Daly City awarded EKONA Architecture + Planning of San Francisco $553,400 for design and construction support services.

The 25,000 to 30,000 square foot multi-use facility will be built on Martin Street at Bayshore Heights Park, adjacent to Daly City's Fire Station No. 93 and a newly-renovated tot lot. The structure will have the capacity to serve 500 to 750 people each day. It is part of the city's five-year major capital improvement program and a collaborative project between the City of Daly City and the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club.

The project will house the Bayshore branch of the Daly City Public Library. Recreational youth programs will be managed by the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club. Youth and adult programs, as well as community activities, will be administered by the city's Parks and Recreation

"The Bayshore Community Center project is a model of what can happen when everyone works together to fulfill a neighborhood need and a community's dream," said Mayor Carol Klatt.

"We are really pleased to see this project take off. Being able to raise nearly $5 million within a short span of time has been amazing, and a credit to the city's partners in this most unique project," noted Councilmember Adrienne Tissier. Tissier is also a member of the Bayshore Community Center Capital Campaign Board, who, under the leadership of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, has been the prime movers of the $7 million fundraising effort.

The City of Daly City has provided $2 million of seed money toward the three-story, multi-use facility, as well as the land. Major grantors have included $750,000 from the State Senate and $500,000 from the State Assembly. Other project partners include the Jefferson Union High School District, Bayshore School District, Bayshore Child Care Services, Housing Authority and Residents Association of San Mateo County, Bayshore Residents / Youth and Senior Organizations and the Daly City Peninsula Partnership.

In a presentation to the City Council Monday night, John Hunter, EKONA's Senior Associate, outlined the firm's design approach. The consultant emphasized extensive work sessions with the community, as well as creating cost-effective and functional shared facilities in a technologically smart building.

The proposed project schedule spans 25 months, with 11½ months allotted to the design phase, 1½ months for bid/award, and 12 months for construction. The center is expected to open August 2003.

Last year, the City of Daly City conducted a design competition to combine the community's input with professional creative vision for the proposed project. Of the three finalists, EKONA Architecture + Planning of San Francisco was selected as the winner by a 12-member Selection Committee, which included neighborhood advocates, Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club representatives and city staff.

Fundraising efforts will continue for the $7 million project. For more information on the project, contact Dan Dadoun, Executive Director of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club at (650) 347-9891, or email: dadoun@best.com.