For years, it was the most famous not-quite-existent sum of money in Huntington Beach: the $22 million proposed to help build the new senior center in Huntington Central Park.
Now, that sum has been considerably downsized — and possibly the senior center along with it, according to city officials.
City Manager Fred Wilson said the planned Pacific City project, which was expected to provide the $22 million through an agreement worked out under its original developer, is now slated to pay about $7 million in park fees. The city may end up using those funds toward the senior center or other park purposes.
The change stems from a simple but unavoidable problem: Neither Makar Properties, which originally brought the Pacific City proposal to town, nor the city's Redevelopment Agency, which helped craft the senior center agreement, is still on board. Makar passed on the project to another developer years ago, while the agency was dissolved when the state abolished redevelopment agencies in December.