The city council has taken another swing in building a $25 novel.
Million community art center with movable walls and floors, glass tower, garden and 1,800-
Seating performance hall.
The council has developed something of love --
Hate Relations with art buildings, at the heart of the city's last major development, retail --
The office complex is located on a vast open space opposite the city center, called Towne Center.
By this month, the art center has a unique design and a higher price, and some people think it is a very innovative complex that will meet the long-term needs of the city.
A place for community and art activities is needed.
Others see it as a white elephant, too grandiose, too ambitious to provide a comfortable home for community activities.
"It's going to sit there empty," Senator Ann Joynt predicted, and she voted against it last week when the council approved the final complex design 4 to 1.
A year ago, when the project was first approved, she was also the only one to vote against the project.
Chief diana entdiana Needham, the center's chief champion at the Council, also stressed that the center will give Cerritos residents what they want and need.
"I want to go forward.
The community is waiting for many activities that we can hold in this facility.
"From 1982, the community arts center will pay through the urban reconstruction and sales tax.
A study by a consultant four years ago concluded that there was sufficient regional demand to maintain a hall for the use of "second floor" music and theatrical works that were not large enough, cannot be booked to the County Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles
David staples of the drama project consultancy works with the British drama consultant
The Los Angeles construction company of the Barton Myers Association decided to design a building that could serve as both a performance hall and a community center.
Movable walls and floors in the lobby allow seats to range from a minimum of 900 to a maximum of 1,800.
Two community rooms can accommodate 100 people and 500 people respectively. The 125,000-square-
The walking complex will consist of a series of pavilions built of granite, patterned bricks and glass with brightly colored tiles on the roof.
The architects hope the appearance of the building will convey a festive sense of countryside, Miles said.
The design has been praised by architectural critics and its fans.
"I am very worried that the building will be beautiful and may not serve the community," said Lee Korf, a former drama lecturer at Cerritos College in Whittier.
He warned council members before they voted: "I beg you to take a deep breath and reconsider . ".
After reviewing several design options in September, the two community rooms were expanded at the request of the Council.
But it is still doubtful whether the eventually designed room will meet the needs of local banquets, conferences and community art events.
While authorizing the architects to proceed with the overall complex design, the Council postponed 500-
Design details finalize the previous seating community room.
Senator Barry rabbit expressed concern that the room might not be suitable for amateur theater production.
This caused complaints from council members Donald nabé and Joynt who said they wanted the space to stay in the conference room and did not want it to become a mini conference roomtheater.
During the discussion, Mayor Daniel Huang turned to Staples and asked, "Do you know what we all want ? "?
"After being approved last year, the cost of the center is expected to be $17. 5 million.
When the architect returned to the Council with the layout proposal in September, the price had risen to $23 million.
Miles said Wednesday night that the cost of expanding the community meeting room has increased to about $25 million.
The project will receive nearly $15 million in urban reconstruction funds, with the balance of sales tax revenue from many car dealers in cerritos.