Costa Mesa retains environmental consultant for proposed language school at former Trinity Broadcasting site

The Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously this week to retain an environmental consultant for a proposal to develop an English-language campus for international students on the former site of Trinity Broadcasting Network headquarters.

Under the agreement approved Tuesday, Environmental Science Associates will prepare documentation for the California Environmental Quality Act project. The pact is up to $97,537, with the cost covered by the applicant, EF Education First.

The company is seeking to convert the 6,125-acre property at 3150 Bear St. into an EF International Language Campus that would provide immersive English education to 1,500 students, including up to 800 living on-site.

EF Education First proposes to renovate the existing three-story, 68,000 square foot building on the site for faculty and staff offices, a cafeteria, student services area and approximately 50 classrooms, as well as construct three new residential buildings for students.

Tuesday’s vote is a relatively common step on the general path to eventual approval. The company will eventually need to obtain a conditional use permit for the project, which would require a public hearing and approval from the Costa Mesa Planning Commission.

For more information, contact EF Education First at or (949) 873-6811.

Contract awarded for the Adams Avenue project

The board also unanimously approved a deal worth up to $320,000 with KOA Corp. to provide design and engineering services for a proposed project on Adams Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and the Santa Ana River.

The project’s scope of work includes “the design of landscape buffers between vehicular traffic and active transportation users, median blocks, street rehabilitation, and new strips and legends,” according to a city staff report, as well as “community outreach to key stakeholders, including residents and businesses,” and possibly presentations to the Cycling and Walking Committee and City Council.

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