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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Powerhouse deck expansion plans going to bid

Powerhouse Community Center

Powerhouse deck rendering

During the next few weeks, the City is preparing to advertise for construction bids to expand the deck of the Powerhouse Community Center.

Improvement plans call for an 829-square-foot addition to more than double the area of the second story deck on the west-facing front of the building. The expansion will replace an existing trellis that covers a hardscaped patio below. In addition to the deck, the project includes the replacement of adjoining trellis structures and the installation of new lighting fixtures at Powerhouse Park.  

Designed as a new amenity, the deck would not expand the center’s capacity for events or place new burdens upon other facilities and parking.

Construction is expected to begin in December.

To schedule the work, the City is identifying openings in a reservation calendar that fills up quickly with public and private events.

Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign led by the Friends of the Powerhouse seeks to raise funds to offset a shortfall between the city’s budgeted $200,000 and the estimated project cost of $540,000. For $250, donors can buy a brick to be laid into hardscaping at the center. Other ways to contribute are explained on the Friends’ webpage.

The Powerhouse, a historic hub of activities and events, dates to 1928. The building once housed equipment to heat water for the Del Mar Hotel and the nearby Del Mar Plunge swimming pool. During the late 1950s, the building was home to the Roaring 20s nightclub.

Open the Friends of the Powerhouse webpage.

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