Morello Park Elementary School Renovation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Martinez Unified School District
Document Title
Morello Park Elementary School Renovation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed Morello Park Elementary School Renovation Project ("Project") involves the construction of two kindergarten classrooms with a shared play area, expansion of the existing administration building, as well as the addition of a new kitchen building adjacent, and connected, to the existing multipurpose room. The expanded administration building will create a single point of entry to the campus which will allow the administration to effectively control access to the campus. The Project also includes the installation of perimeter site fencing and fencing that will separate the playfields from the campus and the parking areas. Such fencing is required to enclose and secure the campus. The multipurpose room and library will also be modernized as part of the Project. The library will be renovated in order to expand the computer lab to make it a multi-use space. General classroom modernizations include new blinds, window coverings, carpeting and interior wall surfaces. In order to maintain all facilities in proper working condition, the exteriors of the buildings will be painted as needed and required roof restorations and replacement will be completed in order to extend the life and warranty of the roofing. The site work for the Project includes the reconfiguration of a portion of one of the grass playing fields into a new staff parking lot with sixty (60) parking spaces and the construction of a new circulation/drop-off loop. Additionally, the Woodbridge Day Care program will be relocated to the southeast side of the campus. The Project will also include upgrades, extensions, relocation, and/or replacement of existing utilities and other utility work, as necessary, including electrical, mechanical, water, sewer, telecommunication, and/or other utilities; and other improvements appurtenant thereto. Site demolition, earthwork, minor grading, asphalt and site work will occur in preparation of the site for installation of the new buildings. Site lighting, site furnishings, and landscaping are also included in the project. Construction is anticipated to commence in the Spring of 2023 with an expected Summer of 2024 completion date. This Project would benefit the District staff, students, and local community.

Contact Information

Lynette Aitken
Agency Name
Martinez Unified School District
Job Title
Facilities Support Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Contra Costa
Northern California
Cross Streets
Morello Hills Drive and Morello Avenue
State Highways
Highway 4
Las Juntas Elementary School
Other Location Info
1200 Morello Park Drive, Martinez, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1: Sec. 15301; Class 2: Sec. 15302; Class 3: Sec. 15303; Class 14: Sec.15314
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 (Sec' 15301): The proposed project includes the minor alteration, i.e., relocation, of existing structures on the existing campus, and involves negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. Class 2 (Sec. 15302): The proposed project includes the replacement or reconstruction of existing structures. Class 3 (Sec. 15303): The proposed project includes new, small facilities or structures, the conversion of existing small structures, and utility extensions and accessory structures. Class 14 (Sec.Authority cited: Sections 21083 and 21110, public Resources Code. Reference: sections 2LroB, 2rt52, and 2Lr52.t, public Resources code. Date Received for filing at OpR:15314): The proposed project would be located within the existing Morello Park Elementary School campus, a developed property within the City of Martinez, and will not increase original student capacity by more than 10 classrooms or 25 percent.

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption : Sec. 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
Common Sense Exemption (Sec. 15061(b)(3)): It can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the proposed project involves any activity that may have a significant effect on the environment. District will be improving an already developed property, with low increased capacity.
County Clerk
Contra Costa


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