New School Project

Updated 12/4/17

The MBCS and CSUMB are continuing their discussions and negotiations with the federal agencies regarding the existing deed restrictions on the southern portion of the proposed project site.  We hope to complete the negotiations in the coming months and resume the local permitting processes.


Following are project updates on the New School Project - 
  • The construction contract is nearing completion.
  • The TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) hearing took place at Seaside City Council on March 2, and the motion to approve passed unanimously. This allows MBCS to use the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) as the conduit for the bond by having the City of Seaside join the CMFA Joint Powers Authority (JPA).
  • 100 due diligence items, needed for bond issuance, have been delivered to the bond team.
  •  Weekly phone conference calls occurs with numerous agencies to move the bond process forward.
  •  CSU and CSUMB are close to finalizing the lease with MBCS.
  • Other items that are in process include:

o   ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey and securing Title Insurance

o   Ensuring zoning is appropriate and securing a Flood Zone Statement

o   Conducting an As-Built Appraisal

o   Updating financial projections for bond purposes

o   Finalizing the Operational Agreement with CSUMB

  •  Bi-weekly meetings occur with Otto Construction to ensure all aspects of the construction/architectural components are moving forward.
  • An Inspector of Record was selected to oversee construction progress on-site throughout the construction phase. The Inspector of Record will also approve  bond payments towards construction invoices.
  •  Request for Proposals will be sent out soon for special inspectors who will be under the management of the Inspector of Record.
  • The revised, projected construction start date is May 2017.

New School Project Development Activities Last Year

1. Surveyed all MBCS families, faculty and staff in September 2012 to collect their preferences and needs for the new campus.

2. Hired a project manager to conduct a “Big Dream” workshop series and a Needs Report to gather information and ideas for the concept of the project and to develop a project
feasibility study, completed in 
September 2013. 

3. Spring of 2014: hired Denise Duffy and Associates (DDA), a Planning and Development Firm, to manage pre-construction activities such as setting up lease negotiations, scheduling  meetings with various public agencies and local governments, performing site related studies, conducting environmental work and completing permitting processes.

4.  April 2014: MBCS Foundation and Governing Boards reviewed critical information about  three potential school sites, and unanimously selected as their first choice the CSUMB property on Colonel Durham Road bounded by 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Butler Street.

5. Summer of 2014: the architectural firm of Siegel & Strain was hired to design the Initial  Design Concept Plan of the project. Over several months they met with The New School Design Advisory Committee, a group consisting of teachers, staff, MBCS Governing Board and MBCS Foundation Board members, parents, and a representative of CSUMB’s Campus Planning & Development, to determine the programmatic needs of the project.

6. December 2014: the Foundation Board held the “New School Design Charrette". The charrette was an opportunity for all MBCS parents and staff to be involved in the design process. 

7. February 2015: Foundation & Governing Boards approved the selection of the Design Build 
team of Otto Construction and Nichols, Melburg & Rossetti Architects + Engineers to build the

8. Ongoing since April 2015: The Design Build Team has been meeting weekly with 
Foundation Board Chair, Nick Papadakis, Foundation Board President, Shirmaine Jones, School Director Cassandra Bridge, Melanie Stackpole, MBCS Governing Board Chair, and DD&A Project Manager, Erin Harwayne, to align a Phase I Design of the New School with the funds that will be raised by the bond. 

Phase I will include housing all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, which at full 
capacity will be around 500 students. The Phase I Site Improvement Plan will include 4 built buildings comprised of three Kindergarten classrooms, and two classrooms each of first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Administration, Special Education, seventh and eighth grades, music and handwork will be housed in leased, modular buildings. Future Build-Out Plans will include the replacement of leased buildings with permanent facilities and will be funded by a capital campaign. The projected Phase I completion date is during the 2017/18 school year, at a cost of $10 million.

Other Future Build-Out Plans will augment the campus with additional facilities, such as a Pre-Kindergarten classroom, a woodworking classroom, art studio, library, gym, cafeteria, and a community center. This later plan will also be funded by a capital campaign.

Also, it has been determined that the two buildings owned by the City of Seaside, abutting 
Colonel Durham Road, will stay in place for several years, before an agreement is reached 
between Seaside and CSUMB to bring them down. They will be fenced off from the rest of the campus, for safety purposes.

All eight pre-existing buildings on the site are being removed at CSUMB’s expense. Work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.

Lease negotiations are in process with CSUMB.

4 Main Points to Understand
  • This is still a proposed project.
  • We’re in the feasibility phase until the CEQA report is circulated and accepted.
  • The California State University Board of Trustees must give approval to our plans, which are scheduled to be brought before them at their July, 2016, meeting for final approval.
  • Find more detailed information on the New School Project on the school’s website, and through a link to the New School Blog.

Location of New School

The proposed location is on the southeast part of the CSUMB campus between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and between Colonel Durham Street and Butler Street.
Public Workshop: March 30, 5-7pm: CSUMB Student Center West Lounge, 3116 Inter-Garrison Road.
An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND), prepared for the proposed New School Project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will be available for public review between March 14 and April 13. The public may access the document at

A public workshop is being held on Wednesday, March 30 to present the proposed New School Project on the California State University Monterey Bay campus, provide an overview of the environmental analysis, and receive comments on the proposed project and environmental analysis from the public.