The council voted 4-0-1 on March 13, with Councilwoman Catherine Carlton abstaining, in favor of funding an additional $43,000, and possibly more.
The original gates were erected around 1855 by brothers-in-law Dennis Oliver and Daniel McGlynn, originally from Ireland, at the entrance of their 1,700-acre ranch, a property in the vicinity of what's now Ravenswood Avenue at El Camino Real. The gates were destroyed in 1922 by a speeding car.
In February, the council also agreed to waive an estimated $3,500 in permit processing fees for the project.
Just where the new gates will go is still to be determined. A subcommittee with Councilwoman Carlton and Mayor Peter Ohtaki was formed and tasked with working with the historical association to pick a location.
The original site of the gates was at what is now the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and El Camino Real, and the new site has been proposed to be on city property along Ravenswood Avenue between the library and the Barron-Latham-Hopkins gatehouse.
Potential city projects such as a new library or a grade separation at Ravenswood Avenue could require a new home for the gates. They are designed to be movable, but it could cost up to $30,000 or $40,000 to move them, according to Ms. Carlton. She favored waiting to approve city funding for the project until a site was finalized.
"I'm not against the arches. My concern is we're rushing this too quickly," she said. "We need to stop and make sure we know where they should go."
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