It's Official: Crystal Springs Submits Application For Middle School

School administrators and board members are counting on the newly aligned Belmont City Council to pave the way for construction of the school on Davis Drive.

CSUS architecural rendering   Photo: CSUS
CSUS architecural rendering Photo: CSUS

Crystal Springs Uplands School (CSUS) has taken the first step in the development process to build a new private middle school in Belmont.

On Friday, school administrators resubmitted an application to the City of Belmont to build a roughly 60,000-square-foot campus on Davis Drive---the same site that the prestigious Hillsborough K-12 school had its sights set on last year. 

Click here to read the letter CSUS submitted to the City of Belmont detailing information on the proposed project

Last fall, CSUS purchased 6, 8 and 10 Davis Drive for $11 million from Cengage Learning, the bankrupt owner of the vacant buildings.

In a 2012 description of the project, school officials said the proposed campus will replace 84,000 square feet of unused office and warehouse space with four main buildings (59,000 sq. ft.) and all-weather, regulation athletic field. The campus will be home to up to 240 students and about 35 faculty members.

The application is virtually the same as the application submitted in 2013 according to Jill Grossman, a CSUS school trustee--including the financial terms: a $1 million payment to the city's general fund and $250,000 annual payment, which is in lieu of property taxes. 

"The only change to the original application is we are proposing an enclosed swimming pool this time," said Grossman.

The original pool was to be outdoors, which raised noise concerns from residents. Grossman explained that the pool would be constructed at a later date. 

Grossman added that CSUS would also be working closely with the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District throughout the process. 

Carlos de Melo, Community Development Director for the City of Belmont confirmed the city's receipt of the application and explained that, among other things, a new traffic study would be undertaken as part of the CSUS application process.

On Tuesday city council will consider a resolution to enter into a service agreement with an environmental consulting firm to review the application. 

"We need to be sure that the application is current and legally adequate," said de Melo. 

He added that the next step in the process will be determined by when the environmental study is complete. 

Click here to read the letter CSUS submitted to the City of Belmont detailing information on the proposed project

Force Ten January 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM
@Steve Hayes First off…using your full name on the internet isn't the smartest thing a person can do these days. Maybe I should put my Social Security number on here as well…what could go wrong? I can assure you I've never posted here under another name…I don't give my e-mail address away and sign up for things so my mail can get spammed unless I feel very strongly about it. Maybe the reason your seeing new people signing up to post their thoughts is because they are impacted by this and want their view to bee seen. It's interesting how you try to discredit them right off the bat instead of talking about their concerns. So…you need to wait for traffic studies? That just shows that your comments probably have no merit. Those of us that actually live in Belmont don't need these studies, because we live and breathe this nightmare everyday. You just showed your cards that you probably don't even live here and most likely just have business interests here or similar. Last time this proposal was up…the "traffic experts" hired are a little suspect. One was hired by the school district, that obviously has bias in this situation…and one was hired by the city of Belmont…that stands to gain a $1 million dollar lump sum and an additional $250 thousand a year from this deal…not exactly balanced either. It's alarming that Crystal Springs has already bought buildings on Davis to the tune of $11 million dollars in anticipation that it will pass…it's like they know it will pass. This is something the citizens of Belmont should be able to vote on…not left up to a council of 5 people that just see dollar signs.
Joan S. Dentler January 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Force Ten...This is a friendly reminder that Patch asks users to keep comments respectful and on topic. Thank you.
Force Ten January 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Apologies Joan…you might want to shoot a reminder to Steve as well. My first posts here are being greeted by being called a fraud and saying I'm not honest. Not exactly fun for a first time user…but I'm sure this assault is only because I have an opinion that differs from his. For the record…I love Belmont…my family moved here in 1976 and I attended John MacDougal grammar school (long timers remember this school). My name is actually still up there on a tile that the classes did for the Bicentennial year…lol. My son is currently a Junior at Carlmont High School and went to Ralston middle school for 3 years…so I have an opinion and would like to voice it. Thank You!
Joan S. Dentler January 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Agreed.....the CSUS application is clearly a topic that will receive much debate in our community and many are passionate about the projects pros and cons. Thank you, Steve, and all our users for the opportunity to remind everyone that this platform is for constructive, respectful discussion----even when we disagree.
Force Ten January 23, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Lets talk about the "Ralston Avenue Corridor Study" for a moment This study done by the City of Belmont states in the study background and I quote " The peak hour congestion is further exacerbated  by the variations in roadway widths and number lanes  unconnected segments of bicycle lanes and sidewalks  presence of schools, businesses, and housing which all creates various bottlenecks and conflicts along the corridor." So…the city has a study that talks about the existing bottlenecks and conflicts already. The study is done to see about improvements for "multi-modal" travel on Ralston. Basically…they are trying to make safer bike lanes and sidewalks for those modes of travel on Ralston. Two of the suggested solutions have cons to adding bike lanes. SOLUTION 4B "• Increased vehicle travel time • Increased vehicle delay • Transit vehicles would be affected by any increase in vehicle delay and travel time" SOLUTION 4C " • Increased vehicle travel time • Transit vehicles would be affected by any increase in vehicle delay and travel time" So we have a study that has solutions that further increase vehicle delays on Ralston…and all of this without adding another school and 250 more students and staff. Does Belmont really need to spend more money on another study for this new proposed school when they already have one that speaks of the congestion on Ralston. Are we really supposed to believe that adding another school there would have "no impact". Maybe they are under the impression we aren't capable of reading the RAC study they already did.


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