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Extra $4.9 million approved for Horton Plaza Park

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The city council gave the green light to a budget increase to turn a demolished part of Horton Plaza into a public park.The council approved spending $4.9 million on the 37,000 square foot park.

When the project began nearly two years ago with the demolition of the old Robinsons-May/Planet Hollywood building, city officials touted the park as a public gathering place.

However, the boarded-up site on Broadway at Fourth Avenue has been inactive for many months because of haggling with state officials over whether money leftover from the old redevelopment system could be used to pay for construction. Problems with the property title and a substandard underground electrical box also caused delays.

The City Council in February authorized design work to restart. Tuesday's action approved a $14.5 million bid from a new contractor, Echo Pacific, which would include a 10 percent contingency and other price hikes that would bring the total authorization to $16.9 million.

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