Roosevelt High School. / Photo by Andrew Roman

From the Eastsider.

The L.A. school district has unveiled a concept for an estimated $137 million makeover of Roosevelt High. The sweeping project will add new classrooms buildings, a performing arts center, gymnasium and community wellness center. But the same plan will mean the demolition of some of the most prominent and oldest buildings on campus. That has some residents upset.

It’s been about two years since the L.A. school board approved a modernization project at Roosevelt and three other campuses that would replace and fix up aging facilities.  However, as the planning process progressed, some residents were surprised to discover that upgrading the sprawling, approximately 22-acre Boyle Heights campus would require tearing down many buildings, reports Fox 11.

Most of the buildings targeted for demolition under the  Roosevelt High School Comprehensive Modernization Project include 17  portable or temporary buildings, according to an initial study released last month.

However, the project would also knock down and replace  11 permanent structures that were found “to be structurally compromised beyond repair.”  This includes the gymnasium and what’s known as the R-Building,  which dominates the center of campus and includes the school’s auditorium and classroom space.

Read the full story on the Eastsider.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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