HUNTINGTON BEACH : Schools Tell County, Koll of Intent to Sue

A law firm representing the Huntington Beach school districts has sent letters to the County Board of Supervisors and the Koll Real Estate Group in forming them of its intention to file a lawsuit challenging the Bolsa Chica development.

According to the letter, signed by Monterey attorney Louis T. Lozano, the school districts will charge that the county's environmental impact report was inadequately prepared and that county officials failed to make various documentation available at public meetings.

Both school districts have expressed opposition to the plan to build 3,300 homes, saying that it would add about 1,195 students and require the construction of facilities at a cost of about $33.5 million.

County officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

But Lucy Dunn, senior vice president of the Koll group, expressed hope that legal action could still be averted.

"We are continuing discussions with both school districts to try and resolve their concerns," she said.

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