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The San Diego city council this morning debated the retention of Rob Quigley Architects, Inc. for the re-design of Hillcrest’s Fire Station No. 5 at the corner of 9th and University. At issue was cost - $468,320 plus an additional $30,000 for cost overruns. The price would include architecture, engineering, and permitting valid for 3 years, but only constitutes approximately 7% of the total expected construction cost.

It was stated that nine firms were consulted by the city’s engineering department before the recommendation was made to contract with Quigley. Cost, however, was not one of the items taken into consideration when reviewing the competing proposals.

Some council members expressed concern that even if funding were provided to draw plans for the station, there might not be money available to complete construction of the structure before permits expired, an estimated outlay of over $7.1 million. Todd Gloria, whose district includes Hillcrest, stated that money would come from $102.2 million in bonds approved by the city to cover deferred maintenance projects citywide.

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SurfPuppy619 June 14, 2011 @ 9:49 p.m.

$7.1 million for a what-3K SQ FT fire station??

Only in gov, only in gov.


SanDiegoParrothead June 15, 2011 @ 12:35 p.m.

I know this doesn't directly relate - but the Rock Church is having a Do Something day this saturday where they are going to paint, landscape and beautify several local fire stations and the Point Loma community.

I attend Rock Church. I told my wife I refuse to help with this one. This "painting, landscaping, and beautifying" of fire stations sounds like the perfect job for those 50+ yr old fireman to be doing. God knows their argument is 50 yr old firemen should be able to retire since they aren't as physically capable as younger ones. Well, this sounds like a great latter career job for them to be doing so they then have to retire at 65.


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