At that time, it recommended a new round of reviews and signaled general support for allowing Castilleja to build an underground garage, provided that it doesn’t contain more than 50% of the school’s required parking spaces.
But the rest of his colleagues made it clear that Castilleja will have to make further compromises before it could win approval. Kou suggested that the council come up with a “maximum buildout” for Castilleja to prevent further expansions. She and DuBois also both alluded to Castilleja’s violation of the enrollment cap in 2013 and argued that any growth plan should include enforcement mechanisms.
“At this time, we do need to move forward and come to a solution and resolve this matter and let the healing process with this community start,” Kou said.
The council will attempt to craft a solution on June 6, at which point it will likely add further conditions to discourage driving and parking in nearby neighborhoods. Nanci Kauffman, head of school at Castilleja, said after the hearing that she is very grateful to all the supporters who came out to speak in favor of the school’s proposal and to the council for its hard work on reviewing the application. “
“I’ll always stand by having as many students as possible at the school,” Kauffman said. “Let’s hear what else they want to include.”
Supporters of Castilleja School’s redevelopment proposal wore T-Shirts with slogans encouraging approval of the school’s application at a City Council meeting on .