City blinks in stand off with school district over Echo Park street closure *

were forced to sell under the threat of eminent domain. Opponents of Site 9A said that building the new school did not make sense in light of a steep and steady drop in enrollment, allowing most nearby schools have to return to traditional semester schedules. In fact, a charter school will lease empty classrooms at nearby Logan Street Elementary School and Belmont High School will add middle school grades to take advantage of unused space.

* This post had been updated with Garcetti’s statement.

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