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LCUSD Forms Committee to Seek Input on Old District Office Site

April 06, 2006

The La Cañada Unified School District has formed a committee to explore all options for the district's former office property on Palm Drive. This committee was organized to identify options and recommend to the school board what is the best way to use the property. To date, the committee has discussed various options pertaining to leasing the land should it be kept for future school use, as well as selling the land to private developers. The committee is surveying how the community would like to see this property used. Some early ideas have included a senior center, a preschool, a park, and a joint-use arrangement with the city. In addition, the committee would be interested to hear about any entities that may be interested in leasing this property from the district. If you have any suggestions for use of the land, please submit your ideas to Mike Leininger, assistant superintendent facilities and operations and Palm Drive Property Review Committee chairman, at mleininger@lcusd.net.

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In the meantime, Palm Crest Elementary School and the former district office property are listed as one parcel with the city of La Cañada. The La Cañada Unified School District has submitted a proposal to the City of La Cañada Flintridge's Planning Department to divide the Palm Crest Elementary School lot into three separate parcels. The submitted plans propose to split off over one acre of the land, on which the former district offices stand at 5039 Palm Drive, and then subdivide this land into two approximately half-acre lots. This proposal is available for public review in the Planning Department under #063622. On Tuesday, April 11, the Planning Department is scheduled to hold a public hearing at City Hall at 6 p.m. to address this proposal. The public is encouraged to attend.

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