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Final Envision 2035 forum to provide open discussion

CSUN will hold its fourth and final Envision 2035 open forum for the campus and surrounding community today to address environmental concerns and further discuss plans to create more campus housing and buildings.

According to Colin Donahue, director of Facilities Planning, the first part of the meeting will present the latest version of the master plan for Envision 2035. After the presentation, there will be five individual stations set up where people can ask questions and receive more specific answers about specific key elements, Donahue said.

The topics to be covered in include open space and landscaping, academic core, housing, student services, and parking and transportation.

The plan for open space and landscaping focuses on enhancing the physical appearance of CSUN, Donahue said. The aim is to create better public visibility and a stronger connection with the surrounding community, he said.

Academic core emphasizes the projected growth of the central portions of the campus and the need for about 1.15 million square feet of new building space, Donahue said.

Donahue said that, among other things, CSUN officials will show the layout of the new buildings at the forum.

In terms of housing, Donahue said there are plans to add up to 2,500 new bed space in student housing under the 30-year master plan, almost doubling the current number.

Another priority is to add 600 units of faculty and staff housing to assist the campus in recruiting around the country, Donahue said.

“The goal of it is to really enhance recruitment opportunities,” Donahue said.

One of the main plans in regards to parking and transportation is to add 5,500 more spaces, Donahue said.

To improve student services, he said plans are in the works to create a site for student recreation, look into new dining facilities, and the possible expansion of the Klotz Student Health Center.

According to William Jennings, finance, real estate and insurance chair, the second half of the forum will present plans for the Environmental Impact Report that the committee will be compiling in the next few months.

The report will address issues of concern regarding the changes to the CSUN campus under the proposed Envision 2035 plan.

The forum will give people the opportunity to voice concerns, Donahue said.

Traffic congestion, especially with the projected population growth of more than 10,000 full-time equivalent students by 2035, may be one of the major concerns for people, Donahue said.

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