Things are still not settled at Sunset and Barrington. The Archer School For Girls faces a new group opposing its plan to expand its facilities and operations.
The Sunset Coalition, formed by school neighbor David Wright, has filed a lawsuit meant to impede the construction of new buildings on the existing campus and two adjacent properties, until more environmental impact information is provided.
In August, the Los Angeles City Council, with encouragement from area councilman Mike Bonin, approved the School’s revised plan for expansion of its Brentwood campus. The Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA) spent several years trying to get the School to substantially reduce the plan, but ultimately had to settle for a restrictive covenant when the City seemed intent on approval of the larger project.
The Archer School came to Brentwood in 1998 and has since operated under a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) granted by the City. The CUP provides institutions and businesses permission to operate on a site, under a specific set of rules and guidelines. The School ultimately felt the restrictions were limiting its capacity to accommodate its students and compete with other schools, in a more modern and progressive educational environment.
Councilman Bonin believes the restrictions reached in the covenant with the BHA will potentially improve peak hour traffic flow. The BHA feels they reached the best settlement possible, considering any City-issued CUP would have been much more lenient, and was likely to be granted regardless of neighbor opposition.
Brentwood School has been hit with a bit of collateral damage from this three year fray. The School had been discussing since 2008 a long-term plan with its neighbors on Woodburn and the BHA. The neighbors came to an agreement with the Brentwood School in 2013, and the BHA tacked on some additional traffic restrictions on top of that. It all came together in a covenant between Brentwood School, the neighbors and the BHA this past summer. The Brentwood School was formed in 1972 and had been operating on a 20-year covenant which had expired. The new agreement lasts for 30-years and covers construction and operations.
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