Plan to Build School at Former Drive-In Site OKd

Plans to build a school and homes on the vacant Studio Drive-In site have been approved, officials said.

The Education Resource and Services Center, a kindergarten through 12th-grade school for students with learning and developmental disabilities, will build a 38,500-square-foot facility on the site, which is bounded by Jefferson and Sepulveda boulevards and Machado Road, said Margaret Liu, project manager for the Culver City Redevelopment Agency.

Groundbreaking on construction of 57 three- and four-bedroom single-family homes is slated for Aug. 1, said Jeff Lee, president of the Lee Group, one of three developers of the site.

Under plans approved March 9 by the City Council, developers Braemar Urban Ventures, the Lee Group and education center will pay $7.4 million for the nine-acre parcel, which has held only a movie screen, a concession stand and a ticket booth since the drive-in closed in September 1993.

As part of developers' agreement with the city, a 10,000-square-foot park will be built and donated to the city for public use, Lee said.

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