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New Stratford School facility will open at former Orchard Supply site

Milpitas residents have by now grown accustomed to passing by the onetime location of the Orchard Supply Hardware store (125 North Milpitas Boulevard) and seeing it empty and unused. But soon it will be occupied again, with a whole new purpose…

Per a Milpitas Planning Commision vote last month, on August 11, the 44,088-square-foot site will become a private school for students in preschool and early elementary grades. The school, which will be able to accommodate a maximum of 480 such students, will be operated by Stratford Schools, a company with existing locations on Great Mall Parkway and Corning Avenue, and is expected to open its doors in the Fall of 2022.

Stratford School co-founder Sherry Adams said in a statement, “Serving more than 500 families directly from the Milpitas community, and hundreds more from nearby, I couldn’t be prouder to see this dream flourish. We look forward to welcoming even more students to Stratford’s Beresford Square campus.” 

Inside the school will be 20 classrooms, along with conference rooms and a library. Outside will be playground facilities. The building will be fitted with new doors and windows, along with other features to modernize it while preserving its consistency with the surrounding structures. Construction will begin in the next few weeks.

Said Milpitas Planning Director Ned Thomas in the statement, “The new Stratford School facility will activate a vacant commercial building in our Town Center and help address the growing demand for additional pre-school and early elementary services in our City. We are also excited to welcome families and visitors who will be supporting Milpitas local businesses, which will help in our community’s path to recovering from the pandemic.” 

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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