COURT BLOCKS SDSU EXPANSION PLANS, INCLUDING ADDITION OF STUDENT AND FACULTY HOUSING

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East County News Service

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August 4, 2015 (San Diego)--An expansion approved by San Diego State University has been flunked by the state’s Supreme Court. That’s because CSU trustees failed to fund mitigation of traffic impacts on neighborhoods near campus or Interstate 8.

The expansion plans aimed to accommodate increased enrollment including student housing for 3,400 residents, a 348-unit housing complex for faculty and staff, a new classroom complex and parking, a hotel, conference center, parking, and more. CSU is mandated by the state to add 10,000 new full-time students and 1,300 more faculty and staff by the 2024-25 academic year, Times of San Diego reports.

The city of San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) filed suit, arguing that CSU’s trustees erred in approving an environmental document that lacked funding for roadway upgrades.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith praised the decision to treat the state college system the same as any other developer.  But FramVirjee, executive vice chancellor and general counsel for CSU. Called in disappointing and said CSU will now need to seek additional money to cover mitigation costs.