(beyond the children's and youth programs already in place) is to
target Ensign Intermediate School and Newport Harbor High School
students with after-school programs. This isn't a new idea; St.
Andrew's successfully offers after-school programs and tutoring at
its off-campus Shalimar Street facility in Costa Mesa.
In regard to the on-campus project, keep in mind half of these
kids don't even have driver's licenses, much less cars -- therefore,
think bicycles and foot traffic. Vehicle traffic is generated
primarily by parents and high school students who are already driving
in the neighborhood. If there's an increase in parent/high school
vehicle traffic, the increase originated at the three neighborhood
high schools, not St. Andrew's, which is merely attempting to improve
facilities and provide programs for students otherwise unsupervised
during the "trouble hours" between 3 and 6 p.m.
Naturally, adult programs aren't greatly affected by youth
facilities; therefore, no one can rightly forecast a surge in
adult-generated vehicle traffic based on this proposal. Regarding
parking -- the below-grade tier of the proposed two-tier garage will
be used mostly by personnel, regular volunteers and other adults
normally using the campus. Daytime child and youth programs -- now
using half the existing parking lot -- will be going inside, further
permitting full use of the street-level tier every day.
If the City Council and the Planning Commission feel that
parent/high school vehicle traffic is an issue, then a master plan
including the three neighborhood schools needs to be implemented. A
replacement facility at St. Andrew's is not the problem.
PETER W. SMITH