A proposal to build a new K-12 charter school at Woman's Hospital sailed through the East Baton Rouge Planning Commission Monday night.
Earlier this year, the parish school board gave its blessing to Arizona-based BASIS to open a school on hospital lands near the intersection of Stumberg Lane and Airline Highway.
At the time, some complained the charter school would do little to serve low-income families, in part because the hospital is entering into a corporate sponsorship, so children of hospital staff would get the first shot at up to half of the spots. Others, however, argued the southeast portion of the parish needs more public school choices.
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The school will be a "wonderful resource" for the community, said attorney Charles Landry, who represented Woman's Hospital. Others came to speak in favor of the proposal but decided they didn't need to when no one came to argue against it, and the commission waved the matter through without discussion.
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The school will be located in one building on about 10 acres, Landry said. It will begin with kindergarten through 6th grade, and is expected to grow to serve students through high school and reach about 900 children.
Woman's Hospital has been on a building spree of late. Last month, the Planning Commission approved a 6,580-square foot medical office building.
In other business, the planning commission deleted, without discussion, a proposal for a controversial low-income apartment complex near the Airline Highway-Plank Road interchange.
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Planning Commission documents indicate the developer withdrew his request on Friday. Planning Director Frank Duke and his staff said the developer did not provide a reason, though the developer is not required to.
When the matter came up for approval several months ago, state Sen. Regina Barrow said she didn't want any more concentrated low-income housing in her district, and others spoke favorably of promoting more mixed-income housing. Developers, however, said they were responding to market demands, and local Metro Councilwoman Erika Green said she needed to be able to offer more housing to people in her district who were displaced by last year's flood.