East Los Angeles College begins work on new South Gate site

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South Gate will soon be the home of a new educational facility, courtesy of the East Los Angeles College.

The former site of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. factory near Firestone Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue will soon be transformed into the South Gate Educational Center, an ELAC satellite campus. The new campus will cost $65 million and construction will take three years.

When construction is finished, the new campus will have a modern library, 28 classrooms, offices, lecture hall and lab space for use in technology, liberal arts and science programs. The entire site will consist of a three-story, 105,000-square-foot building.

“This campus will embrace the hopes and aspirations of students in South Gate and throughout the cities and communities of Southeast Los Angeles,” LACCD spell out Board of Trustees President Mike Fong said.

“In addition, this project will provide hundreds of construction jobs and its impact will be felt for years to come as thousands of students use this state-of-the-art campus in their journey of higher education and professional workforce training.”

Currently, workers are removing the remains of the old factory buildings and performing other site preparation work. Construction on the new facilities is expected to begin later in 2019, with tentative completion in 2022.

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