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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: MAY 6, 2003
SUBJECT: REQUEST TO PERFORM PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE NIKE MISSILE SILOS
Consider a request from the Palos Verdes Art Center to perform a preliminary environmental, structural, mechanical and electrical investigation of the former Nike missile silos for potential reuse as part of a community art center.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is interested in the possibility of developing new facilities on the Upper Point Vicente Park site. They believe that the underground silos that formerly housed nike missiles could be converted into gallery spaces with minimal investment. The Art Center staff previously presented their proposal for use of the site to the City’s Open Space Planning, Park and Recreation Task Force subcommittee for the Upper Point Vicente property. The subcommittee advised them that their proposal would be considered, but that it was still premature for the Task Force to make any recommendations to the City Council.
Following their meeting with the Task Force subcommittee, the Art Center staff met with City staff and described their proposal and the need to perform an investigation to determine whether or not the silos would be suitable for reuse. In addition to potential hazardous materials problems that may exist in the silos, there is also the question of the condition and adequacy of ventilation systems, electrical service and structural integrity. The Art Center has requested that the City allow them to perform an investigation of the silos at no cost to the City with no implied agreement on the part of the City or the Task Force that the property would be made available to the Art Center no matter what the result of the investigation. Under these conditions, the Task Force and City staff agreed that the Art Center request could be brought forward to the City Council for consideration.
If the City Council approves the request, the City Attorney should be directed to prepare a letter agreement addressing insurance and indemnification issues as well as the understanding that the City is making "no commitment" to the Art Center. The City will require that a qualified firm undertake the investigation and that the City be an additional insured.