Following state approval of plans this week, construction of a Corona del Mar Middle School enclave could begin in summer, a school board member said today at a Corona del Mar Middle and High School PTA meeting.
“Yesterday we got approval to start work on the enclave,” Karen Yelsey said. “We’ll start work in the summer.”
The state’s Department of Architecture has not yet approved plans for a new theater, although that approval is expected soon, Yelsey said. The theater and enclave projects are part of Measure F, which voters approved in 2005. The theater project is expected to cost about $18.9 million, and the enclave has a budget of $23.2 million, district officials said last year.
Crews worked over the summer, demolishing a building and laying pipes and electrical conduits, but work stopped while state architects reviewed the plans. Last fall, a district official said he hoped that construction would resume by January; read our earlier stories here and here.
If construction begins this summer, district officials said the construction should be complete by December 2013.
The enclave will create a campus-within-a-campus designed to give middle school students a place removed from older students.
Middle School Principal Guy Olguin said two other construction projects are in the works at the schools — construction of an aquatics center locker room, and reconfiguring the pool and tennis parking lots to connect them and improve traffic flow. If the aquatics project has funding, construction could begin this summer and the parking project would begin the following year, he said. Read more about the aquatics project and fundraising efforts here.