Oak Street Project - Expanding Educational Opportunities
July 20, 2015: The 1904 house located between the two St. Agnes parking lots was moved 78 feet east to make room for the new Academic and Athletics Center.
May 27, 2015: Early phase construction activities on the Academic and Athletics Center began today.
At the neighborhood meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 7 pm, Plant Construction personnel Mitch Magoshi and Nathan Dunn showed a top level construction schedule and construction site overview map. See those links below. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the project. Please see contact information at right.
UNANIMOUS PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVAL
On February 5, 2015, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved the school’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for our North Campus Expansion project. Phase 1 includes the Academic and Athletics Center, which we plan to break ground on in late April, and the later Phase 2 project, which converts the existing St. Agnes Gym to a Performing Arts facility, including a 300+ seat theater. Also approved was Urban’s request for an increase in maximum student enrollment from 380 to 420.
We were pleased to have six students present on our behalf: Harry B (’15), Nicole K (’15), Abigail LK (’16), Sam M (’17), Jake P (’16) and Kira W (’16). The Commissioners were overwhelmingly supportive of the School's plans, and thanked the students for participating in a public forum. We thought you might enjoy reading a couple of quotes from our student speakers:
|Kira: Everybody at Urban works together in the classroom and beyond to enhance each other's experiences, ranging from building robots to acting out Hamlet and even perfecting a simple jump shot on the court. But Urban is not just about learning, it is also about growing. Everyday, we sit cooped up on Page street growing together as one small community. So now, in the Urban spirit we ask you to help us, continue to grow.||Harry: Recently, Urban has suffered from a small problem of crowding. Two weeks ago, my economics class had to take a test in the student center, our café, because we were in one of the smaller classrooms, and it didn’t allot enough space for us to take our tests in privacy. This problem of space, of needing more classrooms and more viable meeting space for large groups of people, is why we need a new building.|
|Jake: For so many students from different backgrounds all around the city and Bay Area, Urban provides a place to learn and grow, to help discover yourself as a student and as a member of society. Urban’s Oak Street Campus will only increase the multitude of things that makes Urban such a wonderful place.|
Abby: Throughout my last 2 and a half years here, I have played in several small ensembles and have brought my harp to rehearse in over 15 rooms of the school—including the copy room, the garage and one of my teacher’s offices. Urban’s current campus is simply too small to accommodate to all of the programs and opportunities that it offers its students.
|Nikki: Our school is so unique, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to receive the education that Urban has to offer. The opportunity to educate beyond science, history, and language classes is incredibly abundant here. That is why I think that expanding the campus and therefore expanding the enrollment number would be of great benefit.|
Sam: Not only will more kids enjoy Urban, but they can experience the gym, the new theatre, and more class space. The students will be receiving the best education that they can get, and they can be happy about it. Not many people I know can say that about the schools they go to or went to. But students at Urban most definitely can. I only hope that there will be more space for more students to come in the future.
Thank you to our many friends, families and partners for your tremendous support. It’s been gratifying over the last two years as we have actively worked toward Planning Commission approval to know that our community is so strongly behind the plans to complete our campus. We will be updating you soon on our next steps and construction plans.
In Spring 2013, The Urban School and St. Agnes Church signed a 95-year lease for parish-owned property along Oak Street. Urban proposes to build a new academic and athletic facility over the surface parking lots on Oak Street, and in a second phase of the project, renovate the existing middle school gym/theater -- also part of the long-term lease -- into a space for its drama and music programs.
This project is a singular opportunity for Urban and promises to strengthen both institutions, allowing each of us to better serve our communities. Through the incorporation of new and repurposed buildings directly across the street from our current campus, the Oak Street project gives Urban an opportunity for the first time in our almost 50-year history to add a full-sized high school gym and to renovate our middle school-sized gym on Page Street into a dedicated and flexible performing arts facility.
The Oak Street Project academic and athletic building will include additional classrooms and office space, a full-sized gymnasium and lockers rooms, seating for the entire student body, as well as underground parking. The addition of much needed academic space will allow Urban to modestly increase the current maximum enrollment from 380 to 420 students over a four-year period following completion of the project, which we anticipate will be in 2016. We currently serve a broad range of families in San Francisco and the Bay Area, and offer financial assistance to 29 percent of our students.
Over the past two years, Urban and St. Agnes have shared our plans with local community groups and our neighbors. We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the approval process and are available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us at any time via phone (415 626 2919) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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