Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy
Antonio Maria Lugo Academy (“AMLA”) is the permanent home for one of the highest performing elementary charter schools in Huntington Park. The school was in dire straits after its landlord refused to renew the lease for the school’s temporary facility. The community was in danger of losing this high quality public school option because Aspire could not find a permanent, new facility. After engaging The Pacific Companies, the city quickly agreed to sell a city-owned parcel to TPC so that the school could be built. The site was chosen because of its proximity to the school’s previous location and its easy accessibility for the families and students that the school already served. The school leadership team educates over 500 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, and AMLA continues to be one of the highest quality public school options for families across the city.
Financing sources: The project was initially financed with Aspire and TPC resources but was eventually funded through a state bond program known as Proposition 1D. This program provides capital to support the facilities needs of high performing charter schools.
- START / COMPLETION: Jan 2015 / Aug 2015
- TOTAL DEVELOPMENT COST: $15,907,150
- CAPACITY: K-5; 500 Students
- LOT & BUILDING SIZE: 1.71 ac; 34,280 sq. ft.
- OPERATOR: Aspire Public Schools
- DEVELOPER: The Pacific Companies
- ARCHITECT: Osborne Architects
- CONTRUCTION MANAGER: Pacific West Builders, Inc. (TPC)