An important issue was resolved in the never-ending quest to build a high school in Castaic when developer Larry Rasmussen was granted easements for his proposed site in Romero Canyon by the Superior Court.
Superior Court Judge Melvin Sandvig ordered Eugene Lombardi, who owns adjacent property and said that he also owned easements to the site, to sign a quitclaim deed releasing all easements on the proposed site and reimburse Rasmussen $10,000 for attorney’s fees.
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Rasmussen and Lombardi locked horns over the easements a few months ago and went to court for resolution.
The easement problem was one issue that had to be resolved before the William S. Hart High School District could proceed with any further plans for the site.
“Based upon the action today, the seller is making progress in securing title issues relative to building a Castaic-area high school in accordance with our purchase agreement,” said Hart District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.
The site selection process has been subject to several land-use issue debates, but district officials seem to have come up with a suitable site with the Romero Canyon property, which Rasmussen thinks can be ready quickly for construction. For background on the Castaic High issue, click here .