KENSINGTON -- The defeat of a bond measure by voters Tuesday is sending Kensington's Police Protection and Community Services District back to the drawing board to figure out how to pay for needed repairs to its community center.

Measure L would have raised up to $2 million to do an earthquake retrofit, remodel the kitchen, repair a leaky roof and improve wheelchair access.

Some of the money would have been used to remodel the 57-year-old center at 59 Arlington Ave. to make it better able to host a variety of meetings and events simultaneously.

"In addition to these necessary health and safety upgrades, the renovation will make the center more flexible and functional for youth programs, larger meetings and ceremonies or smaller family events," the district states on its website, kensingtoncalifornia.org.

The district estimated the cost to taxpayers would have been $14 per square foot of assessed valuation annually.

However, only 51.6 percent of voters supported the bond; it required two-thirds approval to pass.

Board President Len Welsh said the district is going to focus on "bottom-line things" that need to be done, including the earthquake retrofit, kitchen upgrade and other repairs.

Trustees have $250,000 in hand and will be looking for ways to raise at least $500,000 more to do the basic work, according to police Chief and district General Manager Greg Harman.

"Clearly, there are things that need to be done to comport with modern codes and what makes an acceptable facility," Welsh said. "The facility is usable. Not elegant but usable."


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