Public reviews LAMC Master Plan

  AUGUST 2003 


Transportation consultant Brian Marchetti (left) listens to comments from residents at LAMC scoping meeting.

Mission College building and expansion efforts took a major step forward this month when the college held a public meeting on its Master Plan for Facilities.

Residents of communities surrounding the college were invited to hear a presentation about the plan. They had an opportunity to view conceptual plans; to hear from experts in design, traffic, land use and planning, air and water quality, noise, recreation, and other relevant areas.

Information and comments gathered at the meeting will be included in a Draft Environmental Impact Report, required by law as part of the approval process for improvement projects. The draft report is then reviewed through a process set by law before a final report is drafted, presented to the public and submitted for approval to Mission College’s governing body, the Board of Trustees.

Mission College President Adriana D. Barrera said it is difficult to predict how long the environmental impact review process will take, but she is hoping for board approval by next spring.

A key component of the master plan is the Public Recreation Improvement Program project, which has been developed jointly by the college and the County of Los Angeles. Taken together, the Master Plan for Facilities and the Recreation Improvement Project will greatly expand and improve recreational facilities at El Cariso Park, while allowing for the expansion and improvement of facilities at LAMC.

"We worked closely with the county to insure that this is a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved, and I think we’ve succeeded," said Dr. Barrera. She noted that the project will result in a net increase in the county recreation area, substantially improved recreational amenities, and greater educational opportunities for residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The proposed Facilities Master Plan would be funded by the voter-approved Proposition A (2001) and Proposition AA (2003). By overwhelming majorities in both elections, voters voiced their support for the measures, designed to revitalize and improve the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District.

The Mission College master plan, also known as the Arroyo Master Plan, appears in an architect's rendering below.

Parking Structure A
B. Parking Structure B
C. Plant Facilities Relocated
D. Child Development Center
E. The Health and PE Center
F. Family and Consumer Studies with Bookstore

Sheriff/Safety Information Center
H. Media Arts
I. Student Services
J. Educational Building/Central Plant
K. Educational Building

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