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Upgrades planned for Downey Civic Theatre

DOWNEY — The approximately 50-year-old Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd., will get an upgrade as part of a $4.1-million contract awarded July 23 by the City Council.

A second contract, estimated at $6.5 million, was approved for work at Discovery Park, located next to the Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, and Furman Park, 10419 Rives Ave.

In a report to the council, Assistant City Manager John Oskoui said Hoffman Management and Construction Corporation of Los Angeles was the lowest of three bidders at $4.12 million to upgrade the 738-seat theater as well as other improvements in the civic center area including a library shade structure and police station enlargement.

He said construction is expected to start in August and be completed in December.

Work on the theater includes a curbside drop-off with ramp for the handicapped, an outside elevator to the second floor, a plaza fountain with sculpture and a sculpture garden west of the building; leveling of the plaza for private gatherings, modernization of the theater entrance and installation of an interactive information and ticket kiosk.

The sculpture will be a tribute to Downey firefighters, which will cost an additional $150,000 and is not included in the Hoffman contract.

An existing memorial will be relocated north to the Civic Center area, Oskoui said.

Police station remodeling includes renovation of the men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers and upgrading the public restrooms.

Total cost is estimated at $5.4 million with design, engineering, materials testing, inspection and management, plus a 10 percent contingency, Oskoui said.

Environmental Construction Inc. of Woodland Hills, lowest of eight bidders, got the contract to make improvements at Discovery Park as well as Furman Park, for $6.49 million.

Total cost at the two parks with construction, design, engineering, inspection and administration is estimated at $8.1 million.

Construction is expected to start Sept. 30 and end April 30, 2020.

Proposed work at Discovery includes two soccer fields, one with synthetic turf and one with natural turf, irrigation, a 20-foot high screening around the fields, upgrade of eight light fixtures to LED lighting, new concrete sidewalks on the north side of the fields,  two 10-by-10-foot storage containers, picnic tables, benches, grills and trash containers.

Work at Furman Park includes improving two baseball fields with irrigation system, new sod, new backstops and fencing; extensive remodeling of the exterior and interior of two buildings, resurfacing of three tennis courts and a parking lot adding 22 stalls; also replacing two large picnic shelters with one large shelter and three medium-sized ones, Oskoui said.

In other public works-related action, the council:

• Accepted as complete a $3 million project to upgrade Lakewood Boulevard from Gallatin Road to Telegraph Road by the Sully Miller Contracting Company. Work included widening the street to three lanes in each direction, new concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs, access ramps, median island modification, a southbound left turn lane at Gallatin Road and landscaping, said Public Works Director Delfino R. Consunji in a report to the council.

• Awarded a contract to All Cities Engineering Inc. of Jurupa Valley, lowest of four bidders at $1.37 million, for water system improvements along Telegraph Road through the city limits. Work includes new water lines, piping, fire hydrants and replacement of water meters with remote read ability, Consunji said.

Work is to start late this month and be completed in December, weather permitting, he added.

By Arnold Adler

Contributing Writer