Starbird said the estimated cost of converting the property into a park would be $1.5 million, based on previous city experience.
Manhattan Avenue residents have suggested a mini-park for the site, saluting the history of the region and providing park space for residents of Montrose and La Crescenta.
Barbara Hannegan, owner of the Bonetto house, an adjacent historic property, endorsed the idea, as did historian Mike Lawler. The city must still decide on what projects are to be funded.
The council was also briefed on a possible dog park location on Camino San Rafael, about a mile north of Mountain Avenue. The two-acre site would cost about $485,000 to develop into a facility for small and large dogs.
Starbird said that based on community requests, he expected such a facility to be popular and highly utilized. The county is also considering a dog park for Two Strike Park.
A community swimming pool at Pacific Park is on the list, for a possible $8 million price tag, and a larger, more centrally located aquatics facility was also discussed, in the $12.5 million to $20 million range.
Starbird said he hoped the council could begin making some funding decisions as early as next week. The capital budget extends out over the next 10 years.