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District, city project underway

January 27, 2001

Irma Lemus

SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- The Burbank Community Day School's move

last week to the South San Fernando area is part of a larger project that

will include a recreational park and a facility operated jointly by the

school district and the city.

The estimated $24.5-million South San Fernando School-Park project,

planned for Cedar Street and South San Fernando Boulevard, will serve one

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of Burbank's most populated and economically disadvantaged areas,

officials said.

The community school presently is at a temporary building on its

future site. The school will move into the permanent facility in about

two years, said Ali Kiafar, district chief facilities and development

superintendent.

"We've designed it in a way so the temporary building is in the open

space, and once thefacility is completed, the school will move in,"

Kiafar said.

The school serves high school students with learning disorders or

emotional problems that prevent them from attending regular class.

On the drawing board is a two-story building that will house the

Community Day School and a youth recreational center, possibly the

Burbank Boys & Girls Club. The cost of the facility is estimated at $4.5

million and will be split between the district and the city, Kiafar said.

A 5- to 7-acre park, at an estimated cost of $20 million, will be

built adjacent to the facility and will include a lighted soccer field,

skateboard park and playground. The park is scheduled to open in five

years at the earliest, said Mike Flaat, Parks, Recreation & Community

Services director.

"This is an area that is geographically underserved," Flaat said, "If

you look at a city map, you will see that there are no parks in that

area."

City Manager Bud Ovrom said the project will be beneficial for Burbank

residents. The only drawback is that it will take time to complete.

"It's tough to acquire land and develop it," Ovrom said, "So we know

it's going to take some time."

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