Irvine to Get $200,000 From Contractor Settlement

Irvine City Council members Tuesday are scheduled to consider a settlement agreement with Kishimoto Architects that would have the contractor pay $200,000 to the city.

The settlement stems from a dispute over the Northwood Community Center renovation and expansion project, which was rife with problems and ballooned up to 45 percent over budget.

Voice of OC article last year detailed some of the issues — inaccurate staff reports, excessive change orders and city staffers inexperienced with complicated remodeling projects.

The council was going to put another $500,000 toward the project — raising the total to $5.8 million from an initial price of $4 million — until Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway questioned the allocation. The council instead directed the city attorney to investigate the issue.

To read the Irvine City Council agenda, click here.

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