Notice of Availability (NOA)
Head-Royce School Expansion Project
Final Environmental Impact Report
Public Hearings to Be Held 3/6 and 4/19
NOTE: This supplemental message is in addition to and is separate from the legal requirements for noticing the availability of CEQA documents.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Head-Royce School proposes to integrate the existing Campus with the former Lincoln site (the proposed South Campus) to create a unified, 22-acre K-12 school (the Project). The Project proposes to connect these two campuses via an underground tunnel below Lincoln Avenue and/or with at-grade pedestrian crossings across Lincoln Avenue. There are 12 existing buildings on the former Lincoln site. Generally, these existing buildings are in fair condition on the exterior, but in poorer conditions in the interior. The Project proposes to remove eight of the twelve existing buildings on the former Lincoln site, to rehabilitate three existing buildings identified as historic resources for use as school facilities, and to use one existing building for school-related purposes. The Project also includes a proposal to construct a new Performance Arts Center for student curriculum related to theater, music, dance and culture. Two other new, smaller buildings are proposed, including a 1,000 square-foot maintenance structure and a 1,500 square-foot link to the proposed pedestrian tunnel, housing an elevator. The Project also proposes a one-way circulation loop driveway on the proposed South Campus to provide off-street drop-off and pick-up space, thereby eliminating pick-up and drop-off activities (other than for buses) from Lincoln Avenue and reducing turn-around traffic in adjacent neighborhoods. The Project also proposes to increase permitted student enrollment by 344 students over the currently allowed enrollment of 906 students, to a maximum student population of 1,250 students.
The Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board will hold a public hearing to hear public testimony and consider a recommendation to the Planning Commission regarding the project’s effects on historic and cultural resources. This hearing will occur on Monday, March 6, 2023, and is tentatively scheduled for 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to hear public testimony and consider certification of the EIR and approval of the Head Royce School Planned Unit Development (PUD) Project. This hearing will occur on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, and is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.