The Hart School Board authorized District staff to fully analyze a proposed “hybrid site” as an alternative site for Castaic Area High School, at the Nov. 16, 2011 regular board meeting. The “hybrid site” expands the current preferred Romero Canyon site with the additional acreage from of an adjacent property that is currently available for purchase. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the District is required to consider alternatives to a proposed project.
The Wm. S. Hart Union High School District received a proposal on Oct. 19 from Romero Canyon LLC, that the property adjacent to the preferred Romero Canyon site was made available for purchase. This property, formerly owned by Eugene Lombardi, was acquired by the law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP in mid-October, and the current Romero Canyon property owner is considering purchasing the property to offer the District the opportunity to enhance the project by utilizing the combined sites.
In the proposal presented by Romero Canyon LLC, the District was advised that a potential “hybrid site” comprised of a portion of the Romero Canyon site and a portion of the additional property could provide an alternative to the Romero Canyon site for the planned construction of the Castaic Area High School.
“At the board’s direction, the proposed hybrid site will be analyzed,” Gail Pinsker, District spokesperson said. “This combined site is potentially a great opportunity for the District to deliver an exceptional school campus to the families in Castaic, at reduced construction costs.”
Following the selection of the Romero Canyon site as the “preferred site,” in July 2010, the Board selected The Planning Center as the District’s environmental consultant to undertake the environmental analysis of the Romero Canyon site. As part of the board approval, The Planning Center will produce additional environmental studies, as necessary to comply with CEQA and similar to the Romero Canyon property.