May 22, 2022

A new contractor will finish Long Beach’s Alamitos Beach concessions project

View Original Notice ? A new contractor will finish Long Beach’s Alamitos Beach concessions project

A new contractor will finish building the Alamitos Beach concession stand, Long Beach City Council members voted Tuesday night, Oct. 19.

Its previous contractor, Klassic Engineering and Construction, failed to meet multiple deadlines, so council members voted to approve a takeover agreement.

The takeover agreement allows the city to force Nationwide Mutual Insurance, the original contractor’s bonding company, to find a new contractor to finish the project, which has already been delayed multiple times.

“I was disappointed to see an exciting project like this get delayed due to the contractors,” said Councilwoman Cindy Allen. “I know the city has made every effort to engage with the contractor to address certain issues and the contractors have just been unable to meet the deadline and complete the job on time,” she added.

The $9 million project to rebuild the Alamitos Beach facility began in 2019 and was originally supposed to be finished in April 2020.

But the coronavirus pandemic caused some delays and according to Josh Hickman, the city’s business operations bureau manager, the original contractor could not meet new deadlines provided by the city.

Overall, the project is about 85-90% finished, Hickman said, with a number of items that still need to be completed.

“It’s not like there are one or two big items left,” he said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “There’s a whole bunch of items that aren’t fully complete.”

Some of those items, Hickman added, include getting in all the construction submittals, finalizing the electrical system and approving sign-offs on the elevator. The contractor violated its contract by not completing these items, so Long Beach will look to hire a new contractor to finish the project, Hickman said.

Klassic Engineering and Construction could not be reached for this story.

According to the city staff report, the project should be finished by early 2022. Then, the new tenant, Gaucho Grill, will need to finish some of its own improvements, too, Hickman said.

The concession stand should be open by summer 2022, he added.

The city spent much of 2020 rebuilding and upgrading stands across Long Beach, particularly those at Granada Launch Ramp and Junipero Beach — even adding new play equipment. The concession stands are meant to serve fresh food and drinks to beachgoers, but the companies chosen to operate those facilities haven’t finished tenant improvements. Some concession sales and rentals have begun outside the buildings.

The stands at Mother’s Beach, Junipero Beach and Bay Shore Beach were completed earlier this year.

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