PANEL URGED TO NIX SCHOOL EXPANSION.Byline: - Mariel Garza
City planning city planning, process of planning for the improvement of urban centers in order to provide healthy and safe living conditions, efficient transport and communication, adequate public facilities, and aesthetic surroundings. officials have recommended denial of a religious school's proposal for a 75,000-square-foot expansion, which is opposed by nearby residents.
A staff report says the Planning Commission Noun 1. planning commission - a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle should reject Hillcrest hill·crest
The summit line of a hill. Christian School's plan at its Feb. 28 meeting because of inadequate parking, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and increased traffic on surrounding streets. The report also says the school is violating its current conditional-use permit.
News of the recommendation disappointed school officials, but thrilled neighbors of the K-12 campus near Rinaldi Street and Shoshone Avenue. Residents worry that the proposed campus annex an·nex
tr.v. an·nexed, an·nex·ing, an·nex·es
1. To append or attach, especially to a larger or more significant thing.
2. would seriously increase noise, parking problems and traffic in their neighborhood.
``I think now the burden is on them to come up with something better, something different that the city says is acceptable,'' resident Joy Ming said.
The proposal calls for a 75,000-square-foot building that would house classrooms, administration offices and a gym. Plans also include a parking lot and athletic field on a 5.5-acre site directly across Rinaldi from the existing campus. The expansion would allow the school to increase its enrollment from 800 to 1,200 students.
Hillcrest officials said they are assessing whether they can come up with an acceptable proposal in time for next week's hearing or whether they will need more time.
School officials also said they are working to rectify rec·ti·fy
1. To set right; correct.
2. To refine or purify, especially by distillation. current problems cited by the city, such as the school exceeding its allowed enrollment growth, holding nighttime activities and failing to maintain landscaping, officials said.
Rick Donnelly, director of development for Hillcrest, said the school has since ceased holding evening activities at the school.
The Planning Commission will meet at noon Feb. 28 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel with a height of 250 feet (76 m) and length of 400 feet that (122 m) occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza, from which it derives its name, and extends along Central Park South in Manhattan. , 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys.