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Agreement reached on huge warehouse project in Bloomington; new school would be built at different site | News

Many Bloomington residents have expressed concerns about a large warehouse project being developed near an elementary school, and now they have reason to cheer.

A $44.5 million agreement reached between the Colton Unified School District and Howard Industrial Partners would allow the district to relocate Zimmerman Elementary School students and staff away from the shadow of a planned warehouse project and provide a new, condition. Bloomington Elementary School of the Arts, CJUSD said in a July 8 news release.

Howard’s master plan in the Bloomington Business Park is slated to create more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space, bordering Zimmerman (which is located at 11050 Linden Avenue) on two sides.

The district said it had no power to stop the project, but it sent three detailed comment letters to San Bernardino County about air quality, noise, traffic hazards and other impacts.

As a result, the district and the developer engaged in months of negotiations that on June 30 produced the new agreement, which would take effect only if the county’s Board of Supervisors approved the project, CJUSD said. There is no current timeline for when that might happen, the district said.

“This is basically an insurance policy,” Superintendent Frank Miranda said. “It protects our district, our school and most importantly our students and staff should the district approve the Bloomington Business Park project. It will allow us to move our school from an unsafe location and provide the community with a new school that includes the latest educational technology, air filtration and noise reduction features.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the district will trade the Zimmerman site with Howard for the property located adjacent to some of the district’s existing offices on Hermosa Avenue, CJUSD said.

In addition to the Hermosa property, the district will receive $44.5 million in payments. The settlement is among the largest on record regarding the project’s impacts on a school, the district said. By comparison, the protracted litigation involving a similar project adjacent to Jurupa Hills High School in Fontana resulted in a payment mitigation of about $200,000.

The money received under the agreement will enable the development of a new elementary school on the district’s property on Larch Avenue south of Santa Ana Avenue.

The district’s 2021 lawsuit against the Chandi project at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Santa Ana Avenue ensured that a school could one day be built on adjacent district property. The settlement scaled the project down from a full truck stop to a much smaller project. The number of truck parking stands was halved, truck operation was limited to idling, above-ground fuel storage tanks were removed, and a regulated buffer was incorporated around the project.

The design, planning and construction of the new school is expected to take three to four years. Zimmerman will remain in operation at his current location until the new school is completed to avoid disrupting the learning environment, the district said.

Bloomington has undergone dramatic changes over the past 10 years as a boom in warehouse and logistics facilities transforms residential and rural areas with industrial development. The increased number of warehouses has also affected many other communities in the Inland Empire, including Fontana.

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