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California Briefing / Glassell Park

College to let bakery site go

May 07, 2009|Gale Holland

Los Angeles City College has abandoned plans to open a satellite campus at the renovated Van de Kamp's bakery site, the subject of a ferocious preservationist fight almost a decade ago.

The Los Angeles Community College District adapted the building and its 16th century Dutch town-house facade for the college's use.

Because of budget problems, however, the district will now turn the property over, most likely, to the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools for a charter high school, said Larry Eisenberg, the district's executive director for facilities planning and development.

The property will have a workforce development center and a community gym, Eisenberg said.

The district will review the arrangement in five years, at which point the satellite campus idea could be revived, he added.

To honor the bakery heritage, Eisenberg said he had investigated festooning a security fence with decorative cupcakes, rolls and other goodies, but it turned out to be expensive. Eisenberg said he hopes to come up with a reasonably priced alternative.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, May 30, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 2 inches; 71 words Type of Material: Correction
Bakery site: A California Briefing item in Section A on May 7 said the Los Angeles Community College District was planning to turn over the Van de Kamp's bakery site in Glassell Park to a charter high school, and that Los Angeles City College could revive plans to place a satellite campus at the site after five years. The brief should have said the charter high school will lease the property.

The high school is expected to open in September.

-- Gale Holland

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