Despite a promising location for the proposed South County Education Center in Grover Beach and $750,000 secured in donation pledges, negotiations between Cuesta College and a Grover Beach property owner have hit a wall.
On March 9, Cuesta administration announced that plans to develop a new satellite campus fell through.
According to a college press release, the site was no longer under consideration because “the college could not come to a mutually acceptable lease agreement with the building owner to keep the project within the college’s budget.”
“While the Huston Street property is no longer a viable option, the South County Education Center Project is still alive,” President Gil Storke said in the release.
The college currently rents out classrooms from the Lucia Mar School District, a situation that often leaves students without technology suitable for college-level curriculum. The classrooms are also near residential areas without adequate parking.
The new facility is expected to serve approximately 3,000 students.
Cuesta College Foundation Campaign Committee Executive Director Barbara George said donors have kept their pledges on the table as the search for a new location continues. School officials hoped to raise $1.2 million.
In response to the donations, Stork founded the President’s South County Community Council to seek alternative locations. The council will hold its first meeting March 28.