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Public Meeting About the Branson School Happens Tonight

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The first public meeting about proposed development at the former site of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary happens tonight, according to a report from the Marin Independent Journal. There's been a lot of contention about the plans, which would transform the 127-acre plot into the new home of the Branson School as well as the location of 304 multi-family homes. Residents of Strawberry, the neighborhood surrounding the site, have been vocal in their objections.

Earlier this year, many residents of Strawberry opposed the plan, saying it was out of scale with the neighborhood. Earlier reports cite traffic as a major concern. This morning, a letter to the community signed by the school's chairman of the board of trustees sought to allay the public's concerns. The letter promises that the school's growth from the current 320 to 1,000 students will be gradual and traffic will be managed. Teacher housing is also hinted at. The letter says that the school's partner, North Coast Holdings, is "providing housing options for our teachers as well as others who want to live in the community in which they work." Earlier reports said 60 units would be dedicated senior housing.

The Marin IJ says the meeting will be held at the Strawberry Recreation District's gym at 7:30.

· Crowd expected to pack initial session on Strawberry Project [Marin Independent Journal]
· Marin Voice: Branson wast to be a good neighbor in Strawberry [Curbed SF]
· Marin School's Plan for Campus and Housing Meets Resistance [Curbed SF]