Facing a tab of $4.5 million for a new clubhouse at its golf course — and more than half a million dollars just to get the aging current clubhouse up to code — the city heard more details this week about another option: modular.
In May, West Palm Beach began looking at installing a temporary modular building until a new one is built, something that would take three to five years.
On Monday, with commissioners sitting as the city’s golf commission, Engineering Director Danielle Slaterpryce showed them such a building, which she said would last 12 to 14 years, “and a lot longer if we took care of it. We do not suspect that you’ll want to use this as a permanent facility.”
It would cost about $300,000, on top of the estimated $250,000 needed to knock down the old clubhouse.
At a third the size of the current clubhouse’s 10,000 square feet, the proposed building would house a pro shop and a registration desk, three offices, restrooms, a vending machine area, a meeting and dining area for 30 to 40, and possibly a wet bar.
What it wouldn’t have is a commercial kitchen.
“No cooking except a microwave,” Slaterpryce said, although she said a “summer kitchen” for grilling could be set up on the patio.
That’s critical for the current clubhouse’s tenant: Bradley’s Hole-in-One restaurant, which pays the city $1,400 a month.
Mitch Reale, Bradley’s manager, said he’s now trying to figure out how to make the potential new configuration work.
On Monday, the commission was in consensus to have Slaterpryce draw up a plan for the modular clubhouse.
“I see this golf course as an intricate piece of the revitalization of the south part of the city,” commissioner Shanon Materio said.
South-end residents have urged the city to not to close the clubhouse because it is used for community events and the restaurant is popular.
Slaterpryce said a new permanent building would cost $4.5 million. “We’d have to strip it down to the foundation in order to rebuild,” she said.
The repairs on the old buildings, she said, would cost $542,000, and don’t include paint, carpeting or other work — just “life-safety improvements.” She estimated they’d hold for two years at most.
In May, the commission voted to spend $10,000 to test the structure’s condition. After studies showed the clubhouse had fungus, musty odors and water stains, city staff originally had recommended spending $200,000 to demolish it.
Slaterpryce said the building has lead, termite and asbestos issues — and on top of that, it leaks.
“The more we look and the more we dig the more we find,” she said. “Once we start cutting into the floors, the damage may go further than we suspect.”