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LAUREL CANYON—If you can visualize this - a pedestrian bridge, three stories in the air, spanning the entire width of
The school appears to have very little official contact with community groups, Neighborhood Council, SCRA, etc. where some advance work might have been useful. So when they popped up asking for community support for their project it was met with skepticism. The plan is to build a three-story, 750 space parking garage with an illuminated turf football/soccer field on the rooftop. The project lies in a known “Landslide Hazard;” zoned for ‘Minimal and Low Residential’ use; the school has a self-reported enrollment of 876 students, of which only less than 50 percent are age eligible to drive; an 8:1 teacher student ratio. With the exception of the 30 or so cars which have historically parked north of the school on
Why the overhead pedestrian bridge? It’s to bring students from the parking lot onto campus, and from the rooftop practice field. Something about this plan does not feel right. Is this one of the 800 pound gorilla projects (like NBC/Universal) where the real goal is a more scaled back plan, but the developers recommend that their clients start with outrageous demands in order to ultimately arrive at a modified plan which is more in line with their actual intentions?
In the recent past another local school learned that it had inadvertently over-enrolled its campus by about 2 percent. It came to the community asking for exceptions to make modifications to the campus (before the recent massive overhaul they just completed). The school officials pledged that they would not ask for further exceptions if they were given support by the community to allow a revised enrollment quota. Within a blink of the eye, the school was embarked on a massive retooling of its campus.
The Harvard-Westlake project abuts the
Clearly the school’s choice of a location is a tricky technical spot upon which to build. The city employees need to be plenty sure that they get it absolutely right considering all worst case scenarios. Should we be concerned that this pedestrian crosswalk will lock up
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