A proposal for a senior-housing project at the site of the Manhattan Beach Elementary School District's headquarters fell apart this week when the City Council declined to help purchase the site.
Representatives from the Manhattan Beach Senior Housing Foundation, a nonprofit group formed to provide housing for elderly residents, asked the city to join them in purchasing the $3.15-million property for the proposed 100-unit apartment complex.
Millie Anderson, chairman of the foundation's board or directors, said the group cannot afford the site without city help. The foundation had attempted to negotiate a deal with the district, which will move its headquarters from the site at 14th Street and Laurel Avenue to some vacant classrooms at Pacific School, but was unable to persuade the district to lower the price or to offer the site for lease rather than sale. The school board will open bids for the site on July 9.
The foundation asked the council to either buy the site from the school district and then lease it to the foundation for senior housing, or to contribute about $1.7 million toward the purchase price with a provision that the entire property would revert to city ownership at the end of a 40-year mortgage.