TWENTYNINE PALMS — Downtown Twentynine Palms and what it will look like after Project Phoenix changes are made will be the subject of a workshop before the next city council meeting.
Council members will conduct the workshop at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in council chambers at city hall, 6136 Adobe Road.
The downtown revitalization plan includes a 14,500 square foot multi-purpose building that could be used for indoor sports, theater, conferences banquets and special events.
It would include meeting rooms, a kitchen, restrooms and interior and exterior areas used to display art and cultural material.
It would include additional parking for itself and downtown businesses.
The plan could also include 71 affordable housing units designed for families that meet income or age requirements.
The plan includes a wastewater treatment facility for businesses within project boundaries and curb, gutter, sidewalk, paseo and landscape improvements.
A second phase could include construction of a 10,000 square foot building that could be used as a library, educational center, museum or visitor center.
At the workshop, council members will discuss Project Phoenix site plans and provide feedback to city staff and consultants. They could also accept, change or delete aspects of the site plan.
A contract for Theatre 29 renovation
The regular council meeting will convene at 6:45.
Among other items on the consent calendar, council members will consider approving a $180,000 contract with the firm hplusf for the design of the renovation of Theatre 29.
The community theater, about to begin its 20th season, occupies a city-owned building on Sullivan Road west of Adobe Road.
Proposed improvements to the building include addition of a loft over the stage which will facilitate movement of scenic backdrops, additional seating with provisions for disabled patrons, an improved lobby, a new exterior, including landscape improvements, a new control booth and provisions for future lighting improvements.
Theatre 29 officials have estimated improvement costs at $1.2 million.
The contract calls for hplusf to spend two weeks gathering and examining site documentation to establish site conditions, including soil analysis, land surveys, contours of the site, existing buildings and features, public utilities, water elevations, rights of way, restrictions, easements, environmental restrictions, reviews and approval requirements.
They will spend eight weeks in the schematic design phase during which they will discuss expectations with theater company principals, prepare schematic plans, include factors which may impact the cost of the project, incorporate mechanical, electrical, plumbing and future theatrical systems into the design, develop a schematic site design that includes vehicle and pedestrian circulation, landscape design and architectural features, develop an opinion on project budget and prepare and present design documents for the city.
They will spend 26 weeks preparing construction documents with drawings showing interior and exterior elevations and floor plans.
The firm will then spend four weeks helping the city obtain competitive bids and prepare and award contracts for construction.