At Fred's insistence, here is a fresh post on the Rec Center design plan from the latest Daily Journal article. I still don't see anything new except the conceptual drawing (click through to see it) and the off-hand comments from four council members -- two of whom choose to ignore all the community input to date that the architects used. For example
Councilman Michael Brownrigg said he felt the proposed designs were uninspired, and encouraged the architect to take a more creative approach. Brownrigg suggested the building styles looked dull, which is likley a byproduct of crowdsourcing design suggestions.
“When you have a bunch of people it always comes down to the lowest common denominator. You can’t expect something really interesting to come out of the democratic process” he said. “I just find this boring.”
He said the building in many ways looked too similar to some school buildings in Burlingame, and suggested the planners draw inspiration from the architecture found on Burlingame Avenue for a more creative and interesting vision.
I guess the concept of neighborhood consistency goes out the window. I also wonder where the desire for an interesting vision was when the Soviet-style "The Trousdale" was in front of the council--and had funding?
The bottom line is still the same as it was back in September or January 2013. And I'm still pondering which model of Ferrari to not buy. Will B'gamers go for a parcel tax for this? Maybe the community outreach should first answer that question to the tune of $15, $20, $25 or the original $30 million estimate.