The Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission will continue to take oral comments concerning the Marymount College Expansion Project at is meeting scheduled for Tuesday January 27, 2009, beginning at 7:00 PM, inside the City Council Chambers at Hesse Park.
You are also encouraged to contribute written comments to the Planning Commission and you may do that via Email, using the Marymount College Expansion Project in the subject line and sending the Email to: email@example.com That address is for Mr. Ara Mihranian, the city's manager for the project.
The Expansion Project's most controversial aspect is the proposition of placing 128-on campus dormitory rooms to house 250 students and 5 faculty advisers.
I will posting this notice on three of my blogs and providing some different comments on each blog, depending on the blog.
For many residents of San Pedro, especially those fine folks living near the corner of 24th. and Cabrillo, you may certainly want and strongly wish for on-campus housing to be approved.
Marymount College owns and operates an off-campus housing facility near that corner and I have heard numerous reports of things going on around the building that most residents do not approve of.
If the expansion project is approved as the college's administration wants it, the building called the Pacific Heights Housing would be sold and all the students would be gone.
However, years ago a former administration at Marymount claimed they would close the Palos Verdes North off-campus housing facility, but they did not.
If the expansion project is approved, there would be more than 1,500 ADDED vehicle trips every weekday classes are held at the college.
There would be some added vehicles on 1st. Street to Gaffey and 9th. Street to Gaffey but the real added number of vehicles would be along Western Avenue between Crestwood and Palos Verdes Drive North.
I can certainly understand that there could be some revenue generation in downtown San Pedro by students, but there has been no study to determine how much added revenue might be generated.
Personally, I do not want on-campus housing built at Marymount, but I do not begrudge anyone living in San Pedro from supporting that idea because of what has been happening at the Pacific Heights housing complex.
In a straw poll, all members of the Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission voted to oppose on-campus housing, but that really means little right now, especially if the City Council is tired of dealing with Marymount and is simply willing to give in to the administration's wishes.