Archer Halts Massive Expansion

On Apr 13, 2019, Archer School for Girls held a grand opening for its completed North Wing renovation. The board postponed the remainder of its massive expansion and will not be building: 85,500 sq ft multi-story underground parking garage with space for 251 cars; 39,300 sq ft two-story Multipurpose Facility with two gyms; 19,000 sq ft Performing Arts Center with 395 seats and a basement theater; and 7,400 sq ft Visual Arts Center.

For now the community has been spared over 100,000 construction vehicle trips clogging Sunset Blvd during several years of impactful construction, including 9,000 haul trucks and 10,000 cement trucks.  In addition, unbeknownst to the community, Archer’s massive expansion would have required the closure of two lanes on Sunset Blvd for 10 weeks in the fall of 2018 to update DWP utilities.

Despite overwhelming opposition from the Brentwood community, in Aug 2015 Mike Bonin and the City Council approved Archer’s expansion with the support of only one homeowners association (Brentwood Homeowners Association) and two neighbors as evidenced by the Covenant and Conditional Use Permit.

Sunset Coalition with the backing of thousands of affected residents in the community continued to oppose the massive expansion by taking the case to court.  The Coalition greatly appreciates all the support and donations it received from the community during the three-year court battle.  While this massive expansion is on hold, Sunset Coalition will continue to represent the Brentwood community and monitor the project.