“MSJC will not have to close its interim campus in Banning while the college completes an environmental review for the already-built facility, a judge told attorneys this week.”
“Attorneys for the college claimed that the residents missed statue of limitation deadlines in which to challenge activities at the district-owned site on the southeast corner of Sunset and Westward avenues south of Interstate 10. Judge Gloria Connor Trask sided with the residents’ attorney, that their challenge was timely.”
“Trask read from a memorandum of understanding between the college and the city of Banning that the college would be responsible for the environmental review. The City of Banning agreed to pay for $750k for site improvements, such as grading and water hookups.”
“Trask said the campus may stay open but asked that the order drafted by attorneys include a deadline for preparation of the draft environmental report.”
The Banning campus site has three high pressure gas lines within 1500 ft of the property, one of which borders the front property line. Two flood channels are on the property, one through the middle and one at the back property line. The environmental impact report should address these issues.
The Banning site has not been reviewed and/or approved by the state for a future new campus. In order to qualify to receive state funded capital construction dollars, said site would need to serve 500 FTES.
MSJC has two state approved campus sites located in the cities of San Jacinto and Menifee.