BELMONT -- More than a year after its plan for a new middle school in Belmont was shot down by a divided City Council, prestigious Hillsborough private school Crystal Springs Uplands resubmitted its application Friday to build a roughly 60,000-square-foot campus.

The move comes two months after a shake-up on the council that gives Crystal Springs a better shot at winning approval for its vision, which would cost upward of $40 million and involve razing three office buildings on Davis Drive in the hills off Ralston Avenue.

"We're excited to partner with Belmont," said Jill Grossman, a member of the school's board of trustees. "We think this is a fabulous site for a new middle school."

The council rejected the plan 3-2 in October 2012 before fully discussing it, but two council members who voted against it, Coralin Feierbach and Dave Warden, stepped down last month. The men who replaced them in the November election, Eric Reed and Charles Stone, have both voiced support for the project.

The school has placed a big bet that the election will change its fortunes. Just a few weeks after the election, Crystal Springs purchased 6, 8 and 10 Davis Drive for $11 million from the bankrupt owner of the vacant buildings.

The proposed school would hold slightly more than 200 students in sixth through eighth grade. It would consist of a main academic building, a multipurpose building, a gym and a synthetic turf field. The field would not include lights, said Grossman, and would be available for some use by the community. A pool would be built in a later phase of construction.


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Traffic will be a key issue as the city evaluates the proposal. Grossman said the school is paying for a new traffic analysis and will abide by whatever traffic-management plan the city recommends.

Mayor Warren Lieberman, who voted in favor of the project in 2012, said Friday he's looking forward to discussing the plan in greater detail.

"I'm thrilled that Crystal Springs has such faith in Belmont," Lieberman said, "that they really do want to see if they can locate a middle school here."

The mayor said he expects the council will pay close attention to traffic and noise resulting from the proposed school as well as financial considerations. To make up for any loss of tax revenue from rezoning the commercial property for use as a school, Crystal Springs has suggested paying the city $1 million upfront and $250,000 a year as part of its development deal.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-34-4357 or akinney@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/kinneytimes.