The project involves the permanent establishment of a 525-student charter school for grades 6-12 at Ceiba College Preparatory Academy in an existing 27,000± square-foot building with an 8,500± square-foot mezzanine on a 2.1± acre site located at 215 Locust Street (APN 017-161-51). Project entitlements include a General Plan Map Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Special Use Permit with Environmental Review (App #1737).
Founded in 2008, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy is a public charter school serving more than 500 students. For its first five years, Ceiba operated out of two locations in downtown Watsonville. In 2013, Ceiba proposed to relocate the school to its current location under one roof at 215 Locust Street. On June 4, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Watsonville adopted Resolution No. 08-13, approving Special Use Permit with Environmental Review (PP2012-251), to allow establishment of a 525-student charter school in the then vacant 27,000± square-foot industrial building for a period of up to 10 years. On February 28, 2023, the City Council of the City of Watsonville approved the requested entitlements (General Plan Map Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment and Special Use Permit with Environmental Review [Application # 1737]) to allow the continued use of the premises as a school permanently.