Santa Monica College will present the Bundy Campus project draft EIR at a scoping meeting next Monday to solicit public comments on potential environmental impacts of the project.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 17. in the SMC Bundy Campus Community Room ar 3171 South Bundy Drive in Los Angeles. Free parking is available.
An environmental impact report is required for the Bundy Campus Master Plan, which the college is currently developing.
The college purchased the 10.4-acre site from BAE Systems in December, 2001 for $30 million. Located on the southern edge of the Santa Monica Airport , the property, which has several buildings on it, is being used by SMC as a satellite campus.
A number of site improvements, including the removal of a 100,000-square-foot building, a new sound wall, and landscaping were completed in 2004, following a series of meetings with nearby neighbors.
A 64,000-square-foot building was renovated and was opened in July. The campus now houses SMC’s nursing and teacher training programs and Community & Continuing Education. Several general education courses are also being offered at the site.
SMC has spent more than $1 million to improve the airport campus aesthetically and to shield adjacent residents from noise. In addition, it has put utilities underground, built a sound wall with landscaping on the south and west sides of the property, and added a new driveway from Bundy Drive. The college has also closed the Stewart Avenue entrance, which goes through a residential area.A college spokesman said that the Bundy campus ‘master plan’ was developed after SMC officials met with college departments, community members and neighbors in order to gather comments and suggestions and hear concerns.