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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Building Plans DEIR for Malibu Middle and High School Available

• Officials Plan Presentation on July 28 in Library

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District issued a public notice this week that it is releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Report on its planned improvements at the middle and high school Malibu campus.
Plans call for approximately 76,694 square feet of new construction, some of it includes replacement of structures since 15,041 square feet of old buildings are earmarked for demolition, while other buildings will be upgraded or renovated, according to a school district notice.
Building plans include one new two-story building for classrooms, library and administrative office uses, reconfigured outdoor space, a rooftop garden and the renovation of what is known as Building E.
New staff and student parking would become available with the completion of a proposed but controversial 150-space parking lot located adjacent to the existing school’s athletic field.
School district documents indicate the proposal also calls for increasing the separation of the middle school from the high school by devoting Building E solely to the high school, while middle school classrooms would be provided in the new replacement classroom/library/administration building with the rooftop garden.
The existing library and administration buildings would be demolished, according to the school district.
A new student drop-off and pick-up lane would be created along Morning View Drive in front of the replacement building to try to address safety concerns.
The environmental documents indicate the proposal would result “in significant and unavoidable adverse impacts related to increased sky-glow and construction air quality.”
School officials are scheduled to conduct a community presentation on the plans and the DEIR on Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m., at the Malibu Middle and High School Library.
Hard copies of the DEIR can be found at school district offices, Malibu City Hall, Malibu Middle School and High School Library, Malibu Public Library and at the SMMUSD website at www.smmusd.com

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