A developer has proposed building 100 three-story townhomes and 32 two-story, single-family homes on the site of the former Garrison Elementary School, which has been closed since 2019.
“We are excited to collaborate with the city and look forward to providing new home ownership opportunities for the region’s growing population,” said Michael Torres, director of Acquisition and Development for The True Life Companies, in a Jan. 6 letter to the Oceanside Planning Division.
Homes in the project would range from 1,400 to 2,200 square feet, according to the preliminary application. Further details about the project were unavailable.
“We have made an application with the city, and we will be better able to answer questions about the property when we are further along in the process,” said Cynthia Keller, True Life vice president of corporate communications, in an email Friday.
Based in Newport Beach, TTLC also has offices in San Ramon, Sacramento, and elsewhere across the country. The company specializes in in-fill projects and turning older commercial properties into residential uses. Much of its development has been in Northern California, and it’s also completed projects in Los Angeles, Riverside and Redlands.
Torres has a developer’s conference scheduled with Planning Division officials on Wednesday.
The 8.3-acre Garrison campus, north of Oceanside Boulevard, south of Mesa Drive and west of El Camino Real, closed in poor repair and with declining enrollment. The property has been vacant since.
The school was officially merged with San Luis Rey Elementary School, which underwent renovations of its plumbing, sewage, electrical and other major systems.
The Garrison campus had several large sinkholes caused by a deteriorated storm drain system, and Oceanside Unifed School District officials estimated the storm drain system alone would cost $13 million to replace.
Because of that and other needed improvements, the school board voted in 2020 to sell the campus, worth an estimated $6 million.