The Castilleja School plans to submit updated expansion plans

Contrary to neighbors’ wishes, the Castilleja School plans on submitting revised expansion plans to the City of Palo Alto this month.

These updated plans include increasing enrollment, the removal of two Castilleja-owned houses, the removal of surrounding trees, and the installation of an underground parking garage.

While the original plans were introduced in June of 2016, the revision was introduced in April of 2017. Neighbors say they’re concerned about noise levels, traffic and tree removal.

According to Amy French, chief planning official for the City of Palo Alto, Castilleja is working with a traffic consultant and preparing an environmental impact report before submitting the revised plans for review.

“However it turns out, the council will have the decision authority to either approve it or deny it,” says French. “It’s the council’s decision, so we’ll see if it comes forward in 2018 or 2019.”

Castilleja expects to submit the plans for review by the city by the end of February.



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    Originally hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Elizabeth Gerson is a recent graduate from Stanford University where she received a double-major in Psychology and Communication. She began her career focused in editorial, writing for publications such as The Stanford Daily, mindbodygreen and the San Francisco Chronicle. After her time with the Chronicle’s digital-forward publication, SFGate, she became increasingly fascinated with the intersection of media and technology with a focus in audience development. She has since worked in audience development and content strategy roles at media startups, including Thrive Global and theSkimm, and hopes to continue to understand and shape how audiences are grown and retained across platforms. She plans on working in a space where she can help solve the problem of mismatched incentives between tech and media, and is driven by reshaping the future of the media industry.

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