Rendering of Esperanza campus exterior

The new home of Esperanza College Prep will have room for 440 students.

East Los Angeles -- It’s a construction zone now. But in a few months, a former car sales lot along Atlantic Boulevard will be occupied by Esperanza College Prep, a charter high school.

The new building by Ednovate charter schools will make things easier for Esperanza, which currently operates at two separate sites. But some residents have raised concerns about the impact on nearby Garfield High and growing traffic congestion.

Rendering of Esperanza campus interior

The new Esperanza College Prep will include 20 classrooms.

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