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On October 6, 2003 the firm of Jones and Stokes was authorized to perform a preliminary investigation of the entire 78 acre Upper Point Vicente Site. The report was completed in May 2004 and identified no fatal flaws in the proposed use plan, but recommended additional studies.
At their meeting of March 29, 2005 the City Council heard a proposal from Art Center representatives describing a concept under which the Art Center would construct a $15 million facility on City land, deed it to the City and lease it back through a long term lease arrangement. The City Council approved the plan in concept and encouraged the Art Center to continue its study of the site.
On May 31, 2005 the City Council approved a request from the Palos Verdes Art Center to perform the additional studies recommended in the 2003 Jones and Stokes Report. The Art Center recommended that the environmental review firm, PSI, perform the additional studies necessary to further refine the potential use of Upper Point Vicente for the proposed Art Center. The PSI Study was completed and forwarded to the City Council on August 29, 2005 with some relatively minor recommendations for remediation including the removal of underground storage tanks.
On February 1, 2006 the Art Center submitted a proposed lease agreement to the City. A copy of the Agreement was provided to the City Council at their February 4, 2006 Tactical Planning Workshop. The Council continued discussion of the proposed agreement to their meeting of April 18, 2006.
On April 6, 2006 Staff received a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent from the Art Center. In the letter, the Art Center indicated that they needed a commitment from the City regarding the lease of the civic center site by mid-May 2006.
April 7, 2006, during a meeting with Councilman Gardiner and Maude Landon, Art Center President, a list of concerns and recommended changes to the Art Center MOU proposal, prepared by the City Manager, was provided to the Art Center leadership. The Art Center leadership felt that the suggested MOU revisions were all negotiable with the exception with the term of the lease.