Beverly Hills News – Mayor Julian Gold Leaves Dog Park to the Last
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 3:58 PM
By Victoria Talbot
The Beverly Hills Dog Park will come before the City Council Tuesday – but not until the tail end of the meeting. Mayor Julian Gold has placed the dog park as the last item on the agenda.
Despite the expected turnout of support for the project, which has been two years in the making, Mayor Julian Gold has placed the item last on the agenda.
The item will follow a public hearing for the approval of amendments to an existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow Jim Falk Lexus to operate a vehicle service center on the property located at 9031 Olympic Boulevard, which was approved in December by the Planning Commission. That approval was called up for review at the January 5 meeting.
This will be a de novo hearing before the City Council on the requested CUP, to allow Jim Falk Lexus to occupy the subject property.
The dog park, a public benefit to the residents of Beverly Hills, will be pushed to the last item on the agenda.
Staff is asking for direction regarding the design, budget and fundraising for the Dog Park.
The design that will be presented is a no-frills park with four walls, one existing tree and one that is not healthy, three benches, and separate spaces for large and small dogs. The $400,000 budget set for the dog park is not enough to build the kind of dog park that Beverly Hills residents expect, as the funding will be used to mitigate the existing soil contaminated with arsenic.
Though the soil is only contaminated at 45mg/kg, the remediation must be done for any future development on the property.
The cost is estimated at $400,000- $450,000.
To build a dog park that will meet the expectations of residents, the staff is seeking direction for fundraising efforts, donor recognition and design elements.
It is anticipated that many interested people will be present. However, the issue is being pushed to the “tail end” of the meeting.