The San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously approved new developments for the Francis Parker Middle and High School on its Linda Vista campus, despite an appeal by neighbors.
The project was approved by the planning commission in July, but the North Rim Home Owners Association appealed the decision to the City Council a week later.
The 8-0 vote with Councilman Todd Gloria absent gives the green light to the development planned for the campus in the 6500 block of Linda Vista Road.
“I think it’s important for us to try and create the most welcoming and supportive community we could possibly have and I feel that the student center is the best opportunity to try and create that welcoming environment that we’re looking for,” Associated Student Body President Josh Rodriguez said in remarks to the City Council before the vote.
“The student center provides a perfect location for students to meet, collaborate, discuss and innovate.”
All of the new development will occur within the boundaries of the existing campus. The project will increase enrollment from 800 to 940 students, demolish three buildings of approximately 41,000 square feet, and add new buildings of approximately 103,000 square feet.
The plan also calls for a two-level, underground parking structure with 279 parking spaces, an outdoor aquatic center and reorientation of the existing football field to add an eight-lane track.
“At the end of the day this is a great project,” Councilman Scott Sherman said. The school is in his Seventh District.
“It’s going to get a lot of people off of Linda Vista Road at certain times of the day, it’s going to improve traffic in the area, we’re getting an extra light, we’re getting all kinds of benefits to the community and the kids who attend that school,” Sherman said.
–City News Service