Glassell Park’s new growth industry: schools *

The city’s Planning Commission last week approved a permit to allow the Los Feliz Charter School to open a new campus in a Glassell Park industrial park off San Fernando Road. The school principal has scheduled a meeting tonight, according to one parent, to discuss the relocating the campus from a temporary facility in Hollywood to an approximately 45,000-square-foot building in the industrial park, which counts Playboy Enterprises as among its most notable tenants. The Los Feliz charter school will not be the only education newcomer to Glassell Park. In fact, San Fernando Road is shaping up to become an education corridor, with two other new schools .

The Los Feliz Charter sits about half way between two other Glassell Park campuses now taking shape. A few blocks west across the 2 Freeway, the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools opened a new school in the former Van de Kamps bakery near San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive. That property was to have been home to a satellite of Los Angeles Community College until the college district, citing budget problems, scraped that idea and instead leased space to Alliance, a decision that has angered many residents. The Environmental Science & Technology High School opened last August* with 125 ninth graders and plans to add a 10th grade in the coming semester, according to a college district spokeswoman.

The biggest Glassell Park school project of all is the Central Region High School #13, a $240 million project now rising off San Fernando Road near Rio de Los ANgeles State Park. The school, which is scheduled to open next year, is expected to house nearly 2,300 students.

* Correction: A previous version of this story said the Alliance school was planning to open. The school in fact began offering classes last August.

Top photo by The Eastsider; bottom image from LA Unified

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