A representative of Department of Community Services will provide an update on the outcome of the RFP issued for Na Pueo Park’s former Alzheimer’s respite care facility during your August 2016 neighborhood board meeting.
Fortunately, the department has provided a written advance notice to Neighborhood Board #14 Chair Fong (see attached letter) and to me. I am gratified to learn that the department has disqualified the sole bidder for the facility as not meeting the requirements of the RFP and because the proposed use for troubled youths would not be supported by Neighborhood Board 14 or by its neighbors.
Additionally, based on complaints about excessive overgrowth on the lower rear portion of the City facility, I am happy to report that the City’s Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) staff conducted several days of overgrowth removal at the facility. Many thanks go to Deputy Director Leong for his assistance in providing photos of the overgrowth, as well as photos provided by other neighbors, in helping to expedite the clean-up and removal of the overgrowth from the rear of the property!
During our site inspection with various neighbors on Monday morning, Department of Community Services (DCS) staff Steve Karel pointed out that one overgrowth area overhanging a neighbor’s yard will require follow-up work.
He estimated that the work crew cleaning out the overgrowth during the past week probably did not have the right equipment to remove the trees or trim back their branches and that he would report the overhanging branches to DFM right away.
He also noted that the shrubbery and grass were quickly growing back in the yard, and further work would be needed to prevent the foliage/grass from becoming overgrown within the near future. My staff and I will work with DCS to determine where the rear boundary of the City’s property is located since neighbors pointed out an area behind the fenced-in section of the Na Pueo Park facility as being of undetermined ownership. One neighbor reported that she and another neighbor had previously applied to purchase the parcel as a surplus remnant, but she was told that her application was denied.
Finally, after a quick review of the interior of the former Alzheimer’s facility, it is likely that the building will need fairly extensive renovations and repairs to rehabilitate it for future use as a City parks facility or any senior housing/respite care type of residence.