Avenue demolition makes way for the future home of 25-acre faculty and
staff housing project.
University Village is on track to provide faculty and staff with a place to
call home that is also close to campus.
A new project manager
has been hired to oversee the development of the faculty and staff housing project.
Local architects Mogavero Notestine Associates have been hired for preliminary
site planning and concept sketches, and Economic and Planning Systems are on
track to release a feasibility study of the potential type, size and cost of
The 25-acre, Ramona Avenue
site will eventually have several hundred new single- and multi-family homes,
as well as parks and community facilities. Demolition of peripheral buildings
occurred at the site at the end of January.
“A lot of planning
and research has gone into the University Village project,” says Tim Dean,
the new project manager for University Enterprises, Inc. “There were visits
to CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Fullerton and UC Davis to review the faculty and staff
housing on those campuses. We’ve had meetings with city, county, SMUD
and AT&T engineers to determine capacity issues for utility services.”
having ongoing discussions with the city and redevelopment agency staff regarding
previously planned and new ideas for street improvements to integrate the site
with the city and campus,” added Dean.
In addition, research is
being conducted regarding “smart growth” neighborhood planning,
sustainable “green” construction and transit-oriented development
that would link the village to the University. Discussions are also underway
with faculty about possible ways to utilize the village planning and construction
activities as topics for classroom work.
recycling opportunities for the construction materials resulting in the demolition
of heavy concrete buildings,” Dean says. For instance, he explained, the
concrete will be crushed and used as aggregate-base rock under roads, slabs,
pavement, curbs and gutters. The recycling will also eliminate the need for
hundreds of truck trips to landfill, significant new gravel mining, and truck
trips to deliver new material. The result is considerable cost savings and fulfillment
of a major green construction strategy.
In addition, more
than 550 faculty, staff and administrators participated in a survey assessing
the needs and desires of those wishing to live in the housing village project.
The survey followed on the heels of the transfer of the Ramona Avenue property
from the California Youth Authority to Sacramento State in June 2005.
A village advisory
group is in the formative stages. Faculty, staff, students and administrators—10
in all—will participate in the planning efforts for the village, particularly
design issues, costs and eligibility requirements.
The University Village’s
final development plan, building designs and the project’s environmental
impact analysis is scheduled to be ready in late 2008. The first houses should
be occupied before the end of 2009.