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Finalists chosen to develop a $900,000 plan for Silver Lake reservoirs

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

By BARRY LANK

Silver Lake  — What to do with the Silver Lake reservoirs now that they no longer store and supply drinking water? The first step: Develop a plan.

The first step toward that first step? Choose who will develop that plan.

Three consultant teams have been chosen by the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering as finalists for the job: Agence Ter LA, Hargreaves Associates, and Perkins Eastman.

Coming up with a masterplan for the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs and surrounding property promises to be a challenge. Some residents would like to see more recreational uses while others are opposed to activities that could attract more traffic and visitors. Others have also advocated shrinking the size of the reservoirs to create more wetlands while others want don’t water to diminish their reservoir views.

Having 13 teams submit preliminary proposals is “an impressive response to this exciting project,” said City Engineer Gary Lee Moore.

“The new plan will guide future improvements and repurposing of the reservoir site,” the Bureau of Engineering said in a statement, “and will seek to balance its historic character, its use as a community gathering place, its strategic location within the Silver Lake community, its visual impact, its long-term environmental value, and its potential for a unique blend of recreational opportunities.”

Public Presentation by Reservoir Consulting Team Finalists

The next step will be a public meeting on December 4, where the finalists will present their qualifications and introduce key team members, the bureau said. Members of the public who attend the meeting will be able to ask questions and share their priorities for the plan.

The winning team will be announced before the end of the month. Community workshops with the consultant will begin in spring, 2019.

The consultant team will have 24 months to develop the master plan, on a budget not to exceed $900,000, according to Mary Nemick, a spokesperson for the BOE.

As for the timeline and budget for eventual improvements or alterations to the reservoir site, that will depend on what eventually gets developed in the master plan, Nemick said.

Separately, a survey commissioned by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is currently underway to find out how the public uses the reservoir property and what they think of current and potential future facilities and uses. The results of the survey are expected to be released early next year.

One comment

  1. Plan 1 proposes building a floating, 24-hour noraebang. Plan 2 is centered around a Jet Ski rental/aquatic gun range. Plan 3 is to do nothing except take away all parking spots around the reservoir… just for shits ‘n’ giggles.

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