Ice Rinks Project History
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September 14, 2009 - City Council - Unable to move forward, project dead for now
Discussed proposal for leasing site for private development with city support.  One vote short of moving forward with negotiations, work on the project is over, at least for now.

August 3, 2009 - City Council - Attempt to make decision
Discussion city building it now vs. potentially leasing site for private development with city support.  No decision. Study for another two to six weeks.

July 13, 2009 - City Council Finance Committee
Discussion of financial aspects of Ice Rink project.  Expected revenues and expenditures.  Financing alternatives.  Management agreement.

July 13, 2009 - New information - no pedestrian access from north (park)

December 15, 2008 - City Council - discussion of possible alternative financing
A scenario of the city borrowing from itself to finance construction of the project until the bond market recovers and bonds can be issued. 

December 15, 2008 - City Council - new operator, design change, schedule
Public disclosure that city has been negotiating with a different company to manage the rink.  City Council to approve more money to architect to revise interior plans.  New schedule released.

September 2008 - Haderlein - Ice Rink Construction Route to be thru PCC lot
Councilmember Haderlein met with the PCC President, Dr. Perfumo, and the Director for our area Dr Mann.  Word passed through the Councilman's field rep is they are now fairly confident that construction will be routed through the PCC parking lot to Foothill instead of via a temporary road through the park to Orange Grove.

August 11, 2008 - Design Commission hearing - Review of Redesign to Reduce Construction Costs
Design changed to use concrete block construction for walls.  Side effect is regaining some space for spectators.  Commission frustrated again. 

August 4, 2008 - City Council - private session negotiations item indicates different management
In March and June meetings with ice rink agenda items there were indications by Council members and the City Manager that a partner/partners were being looked for/discussed for filling the gap in financing for the ice rink project.  Nothing has been discussed publicly, but this item appeared on the August 4 City Council Closed Session agenda:
pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8
Properties: 3026 East Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, CA; 3005 East
Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA
Agency negotiators: Bernard K. Melekian; Richard J. Bruckner
Negotiating party: Los Angeles Kings in partnership with Polar Ice Ventures, LLC (PIV)
Under negotiation: Terms of payment

June 2, 2008 - City Council and Finance Committee - Approval to Redesign to Reduce Construction Cost
City Council approves additional expenditures to redesign building to try to save on construction costs. Discussion of financing, unresolved access agreements.

March 10, 2008 - City Council and Finance Committee - Rejection of construction bids, next steps
City Council rejects construction bids because much too high compared to budget. Discusses potential steps to reduce costs, get additional revenue or donations, change revenue estimates.

December 2007 - New information - Construction access, construction bids, design, landscaping
PCC rejects construction access forcing city to look at going through park. Putting construction out to bid. Eastern landscaping moved back to Avocado.

November 19, 2007 - City Council - PCC easement grant September 10 and October 8, 2007 - City Council - mentions while on other items
March 12, 2007 - Design Commisson hearing - final advisory review
Architect and city planner presented slightly revised design and answers to some issues commissioners brought up at "concept" meeting.  Commission voted a list of issues to City Council.

January 8, 2007 - Design Commission hearing - concept advisory review
Architect and city planner presented current design.  Commission made negative recommendation to City Council with list of complaints.

January 3, 2007 - Update Meeting with Neighborhood
Learned about changes in design since December 2005 meeting.
Lots of discussion about access route.

December 18, 2006 - City Council Meeting
Including first public notice that spectator seating being reduced.

July 5, 2006 - Conditional Use Permit Hearing
CUP was granted, with a number of conditions (restrictions).
Some additional information about the project was also revealed.

Design Modifications
As neared CUP hearing, heard that building and the parking access road along its east side could not fit within the boundaries of the city land and still preserve the trees on the west side.  Therefore, in order to keep those trees (as the environmental initial study said would be done), the building will be a little further east on the city property and the access road will have to run on Edison land.  This means the city will have to obtain a lease from Edison for that purpose.
The area of the building between the two rinks was described as having two stories, with offices and meeting rooms on the second story.  The plans have now changed so that there is just one story in that area.

December 7, 2005 - Update Meeting with Neighborhood
Presentation by architect of a conceptual building design.
Discussion about access, traffic, environmental aspects, process going forward.

August 8, 2005 - Action at the City Council
Approved Environmental Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration
Approved in concept the agreement terms with the Ice Rink Operator
Added Capital Improvement Program budget item and reallocated some funds
Authorized contract with architect.

July 18, 2005 - City Council meeting
The same Ice Rink items as May 2 were on the City Council agenda.  The finance committee was skipped.  The agenda materials were identical to those the Finance Committee found lacking on May 2nd - any responses from city staff to the requests of the finance committee were missing.  The council postponed consideration of the agenda item.

May 2, 2005 - Finance Committee of the City Council
Much of what was finally presented August 8 appeared on the agenda.  The committee members did not feel the information they had been provided by staff was sufficient for them to pass it along to the full council for action.  Staff was directed to do additional work and bring it back.  It was expected to appear with revisions on a council agenda shortly thereafter, but did not.

April 5, 2005 - The city posted a revised "Notice Of Intent To Adopt a Negative Declaration With Mitigation Measures" for the project for a revised Initial Study.  The revisions address many of the comments submitted for the previous version.

March 14, 2005 - The association submitted comments in response to the noticed document.

There is some question by local area residents whether a large building and parking lot are legal uses on dedicated parkland zoned as "open space".   City staff's justification and potential counter-arguments.

February 22, 2005 - The city posted a " Notice Of Intent To Adopt a Negative Declaration With Mitigation Measures" for the project.  This contains the most detail publicly made available by the city.  Various aspects have been presented previously at various meetings.

February 12, 2005 - At our first neighborhood association meeting in many years, the ice rink project was outlined in a presentation by city planning official Fred Jones.

Over the preceding year plus, the council approved spending almost 1 million dollars to change Eaton Wash (later Viña Vieja) park from the original long narrow design to its current design, thus freeing up the proposed location of the ice rink.  This spending was allocated from the Civic Center expansion/makeover budget item of 2 million dollars for obtaining a new location for the ice rink.