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Cerritos : 2 Decorative Gardens for New Arts Center Denied

January 10, 1991

A $1-million poet's garden for the Cerritos Community Arts Center has been denied by the City Council, which also turned thumbs down on a less elaborate garden proposed for outside the actors' dressing room area behind the stage.

"You've got to draw a line someplace," Councilman Paul W. Bowlen said the day after the vote. He was echoing the sentiments of some council members who have become increasingly disturbed by escalating construction costs for the center.

When the idea of an arts center was conceived, cost estimates were around $20 million. By the time plans were turned into architectural blueprints and construction contracts were signed in 1989, the cost was up above $39 million. Total cost of completion is now estimated to be $46 million.

The poet's garden would have had walls, a trellis and fountain. It would have been adjacent to the large community meeting rooms in the north wing of the arts complex.

The council also rejected $595,000 for miscellaneous furnishings for offices, as well as plans to build another fountain and walls around the entry court to the complex.

Close to $900,000 was approved for audiovisual equipment inside the theater, office furniture and for an additional walkway around the lobby.

The multi-use complex, under construction in the Cerritos Towne Center at 183rd Street and Bloomfield Avenue, is scheduled to open in the spring of 1992.

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