After several failed attempts by developers to build on the former GM training site in the Rancho neighborhood, it appears a private preparatory school has won over local residents.
At community outreach meeting this week, roughly 100 Rancho residents quizzed representatives from Lycée International de Los Angeles, or LILA, about school hours, possible traffic impacts and changes to the building. Absent were the terse exchanges and unyielding scepticism that residents brought in response to a proposed residential development from New Urban West — a project that the firm eventually gave up on.
Now, the dual English-French language school with a European approach to education is in escrow to buy the parcel on Riverside Drive from New Urban West.
Iain Whyte, a board member and finance director for the school, said the purpose of the meeting Thursday night was to share with residents who they are, and to understand the community’s concerns and desires regarding the land.