Village plans taking shape
and staff eager for housing adjacent to campus are one step
closer to that reality. The University Enterprises Development
Group has begun the process of imagining the village composition
and layout and have developed the first concept plan for the
University’s Ramona Avenue property south of campus.
As part of planning efforts they are looking for input from
the campus community.
concept shows the potential for 500 mixed-use housing units,
along with a community center, shops and restaurants, on the
25-acre site. The land between—Folsom Blvd. and Power
Inn Road—formerly housed a California Youth Authority
facility. There is also a potential for acquiring additional
land adjacent to the property to expand the size of the new
community, says Matt Altier, vice president for capital planning
and resource development and executive director of University
initial plan calls for a combination of rental apartments,
and for-sale condominium or townhouses, and single family
homes specifically for Sacramento State faculty and staff.
The University Enterprises Development Group is conducting
a survey of the campus community to get its feedback in shaping
a village model that will meet the needs of the campus community.
For example, the initial plans call for a mixture of high-density
townhouses or condos and single-family homes but the number
and distribution could change based on the results of the
participate, visit www.foundation.csus.edu/project/Ramona/survey.html.
The deadline to participate in the survey is Nov. 4. As the
planning progresses, other surveys along with town halls will
features a “Main Street” with shopping and restaurants
on the lower level, loft-style apartments above and a tree-lined
esplanade down the center, Altier says. The street would be
ringed by condominium/townhouses and then a ring of single
family homes. Access to the homes and condos will be from
an outer perimeter road that will be gated.
the village concept, plans suggest a town center with a rotunda
at the end of Main Street and parking would be available on
the street to encourage members of Sacramento community to
visit the shopping district. A 30,000-square-foot community
center, a child care center for the children of faculty and
staff, a swimming and fitness center, parks and green space
would add to the residential feel. Plans could also include
a University House which could be used as a banquet and meeting
space and possibly a residence.
will also be designed to limit the need for faculty and staff
to drive to campus. A planned bike- and pedestrian-friendly
extension of Ramona Avenue would go from campus across Folsom
to the new Village development. And the University’s
planned Bus Rapid Transit line route would be designed as
a direct link between the campus and the village.
of the condo units and single family homes would face each
other, promoting a “front porch” atmosphere complete
with green space crisscrossed with walking trails. Covered
or garage parking would be on the back side, accessed from
the perimeter road.
primary goal of the project is to make it affordable. Altier
says University Enterprises is exploring partnerships with
homebuilders including an advanced on-site process that significantly
cuts construction time and, as a result, cost.
they are looking at other ways to make it affordable for faculty
and staff to purchase. “Unlike typical home purchases,
the University owns the land which we will not sell,"
Altier says. "We will only sell the house, which creates
a significant savings in the price of the home and ideally
keeps them well below the market rate.”
is affordability, he says. To purchase, faculty and staff
members will need to meet certain criteria which are still
being worked on but they are expected to include a priority
placement process. Altier expects that the priority will probably
go to faculty first because faculty are recruited nationally
and internationally and therefore are more likely to be deterred
when they see Sacramento Region housing prices.
would have all the advantages of home ownership: tax credit
for mortgage interest and a controlled equity appreciation.
Because buyers buy at an affordable price and their equity
appreciation is controlled, this method provides for what
Altier terms “perpetual affordability” for future
of the planning process, the Development Group is looking
to the successes and challenges of similar faculty/staff housing
developments at other California universities in modeling
the program for Sacramento State.
addition to surveys of potential residents, the Development
Group is conducting an environmental assessment for the demolition
plan for the CYA facility. Then a more permanent master plan
will need to be created. The hope is that faculty and staff
could move into the Village as early as the 2008-09 academic
meantime, University Enterprises has two loft apartments in
the new F65 project, on the corner of Folsom Blvd. and 65th
St., available for lease to faculty and staff. The units are
available for immediate occupancy for $1,600 per month on
a 12-month lease. For lease information, contact Lisa Hall
University Enterprises at 278-7001.