Overview of SMC satellite campus

The planned two-story, 27,500-square-foot Santa Monica College satellite campus will accommodate as many as 210 students and 12 faculty and staff at one time. It will be built on three acres of a nine-acre parcel in the Civic Center.

The Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees will host a special meeting on Jan. 13 at Malibu City Hall. The meeting agenda includes a hearing to receive input on the proposed SMC Malibu campus and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s substation project in Malibu Civic Center, as well as environmental studies related to the project’s’ construction and operation, according to a press release from Santa Monica College.

The board will vote on three resolutions during the meeting — one to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a second to take actions needed to approve the project and a third regarding a ground lease agreement with Los Angeles County. 

SMC’s environmental study has been in progress since 2012 when a notice was sent to Malibu households to solicit comments. A draft EIR for the project was published in July 2015, and responses to comments on the initial report have been incorporated into the final draft. 

The satellite campus, expected to open in 2017, will include five classrooms and labs, a community room and offices. Construction will be funded by the $135 million Measure S bond approved by Malibu voters in 2004. 

Wednesday’s meeting will be open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. To view the full agenda and environmental documents, visit 2smc.edu/planning.

(4) comments

Marianne Riggins

The campus is being built for the benefit of Malibu residents. Years ago we voted for Measure S so that we could have a community college campus here in Malibu. This will allow Malibu citizens to attend classes in our community instead of having to drive to Santa Monica, Oxnard, Woodland Hills or other communities.

In addition, the proposal includes a Sheriff's substation, something we haven't had in Malibu for years and an County Emergency Operations and Planning Center.

Robert Dot

Maybe the citys solution will be a metal detectors at the entrance to the campus in place of a local hospital. I suggest both plus widening the roads. The city needs a realistic city plan in place of a pretend one.

Steve Woods

Yes , In the event of a fire when PCH is Bumper to Bumper commuter traffic, how will these students be evacuated along with the thousands of other residents and Shoppers trying to escape a fast moving Santa Ana fueled fire .
But aside from a fire , will these students be racing down a pedestrian clogged Cross Creek Road to get to class on time or should we just accept that there will be some causalities ? And add to the mix of the possibility of 3 more Shopping Malls in the Civic Center all trying to squeeze down the already inadequate road infrastructure.
But Hey,, if Traffic has decreased over the last 20 years ,maybe traffic will completely disappear in the next 20 ! [thumbdown]

Robert Dot

If Malibu wants to construct large scale public facilities Malibu needs to be responsible and build a hospital to deal with emergency insistence. If not at least build wider roads. Just how many people can safely be helicoptered out? Do studies take this into consideration. Can the city be held responsible if safety measures are not in place? Responsible development is important. I understand the city's hunger for tax dollars but this should not come at the publics exspence.

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