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Staying True to Q
Dan Quirk | 23rd Street

Measure Q, a 1% sales tax increase for the City of Del Mar, passed in the November 2016 election with a 66.5% voter approval. City Council named the initial members of the Measure Q Oversight Committee in October 2017, including Tom McGreal, Jim Benedict, Al Corti, William Jurewitz, and Dan Quirk. The key purpose of the tax is for infrastructure projects— primarily streetscape improvements, the Shores Park redevelopment, and utility undergrounding. The tax is estimated to generate approximately $2 million per year in revenue and can comfortably fund a bond issuance to finance all three projects.

The downtown streetscape project is moving forward quickly, with construction set to begin in April 2018. The project is now in the City’s 10-year CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) for a total of $4.8 million. The City Council approved the $1.4 million Phase 1 at its February 20 meeting, with $400,000 coming from Measure Q funds, projected to be $2.5 million at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. Phase 1 is expected to last from April to June and will target 9th to 11th Streets. Future phases would begin in January 2019 and continue northward. More information can be found at http://www.delmar.ca.us/downtownstreetscape.

The Shores Park redevelopment is also moving forward, and cost estimates from the Schmidt Design Group should be coming soon. There were initially three designs being evaluated, updated in May 2017 to collaborate more closely with the neighboring Winston School’s redevelopment plans. However, at the November 6 City Council meeting, Council moved closer to a final decision by requesting cost estimates on only concepts A and C, the two which incorporate underground parking at the southwest end of the park. These will be reviewed at the April 2, 2018 Council meeting. More information can be found at http://www.delmar.ca.us/452/Shores-Park-Master-Plan.

City Council will confirm members of the recently created Undergrounding Committee at the March 19th Council meeting. The project has an initial cost estimate of $18.1 million. The issues of laterals (individual home connections) and reimbursements to residents who undergrounded prior to the vote will be included as tasks for the committee. Additionally, the committee will hire a consultant to guide the project. Looking ahead, the initial consultant report also identified 15 distinct neighborhoods based on the underlying electrical grid. Which area to tackle first? Prioritization will be based on costs, efficiency, and coordination with other City projects.

 

 

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