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Neighborhood Topics

22-Acre Parcel Adjacent to Bellflower Boulevard

We are understanding and respectful of interest in the university's 22-acre parcel north of Beach Drive and east of Bellflower Boulevard. 
 
Recently, we relocated soil to this site that had been excavated from an adjacent construction project. We have concluded this work as a good faith gesture to those stakeholders who have expressed concerns. 
 
This method of managing excavated earth was based on the original counsel of both internal and external Native American advisors to keep soil from campus here on site. 
 
This area will be included in the university’s broader, inclusive planning process taking place over the next two years. We are hopeful this process will yield a vision for this area of our campus that is responsive both to the evolution of our university as well as the meaning that some stakeholders have ascribed to this land. We have always sought to listen to the diverse perspectives from our broader community, and remain committed to ongoing dialogue.
 
At this time, there are no plans for any permanent construction on the site beyond the uses currently in place. A temporary expansion of parking spaces to the south and north of Lot G2 is currently being assessed in response to increased parking pressures on campus as evidenced this fall. The university will conduct an environmental-impact review regarding this proposed work in consultation with designated tribal leaders. 

East Campus Drive Landscaping

East Campus Drive will see the addition of a new privacy fence for our neighbors, native trees and shrubs, and drought-tolerant plants in conclusion of a campuswide utility-infrastructure project. The landscaping is underway and is anticipated to last through August 2019, and uses a combination of state infrastructure and campus facilities funds.

Student Housing

Additional housing for our students was included in the 2008 revision to the university’s published master plan. Located at the southwest corner of Atherton Street and Earl Warren Drive, the building will support 476 beds. The first new student housing on campus in over 30 years, the building will be three stories along Atherton and step up to four stories on the internal campus façade. Two exterior courtyards for student residents to study and socialize are planned for the interior of the building. In addition to lighting and infrastructure upgrades, a new native and drought-tolerant landscape will be installed. In addition, a new Housing & Residential Life Administration and Student Commons building will be built on Earl Warren Drive near our Japanese Garden. All new construction will meet LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, and Living Building Challenge Petal certifications. This project will set a new standard for sustainable housing in higher education and is being supported with system-wide revenue bond funds and Housing & Residential Life reserves. Construction is slated for July 2019 through May 2021.

Microbiology HVAC Replacement

The original heating and ventilation system for the Microbiology Building along East Campus Drive requires replacement. The work will occur primarily on the west elevation of the structure and will span September 2019 through May 2020. The facility will be painted as part of the project, and deteriorated architectural features will be repaired. East Campus Drive will serve as a primary access route for construction vehicles. This project uses state infrastructure funding. 

Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center

The university is exploring the site of the current Soroptimist House for the new 6,000-square-foot Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center on the campus’ Beach Drive, capping a $9-million fundraising campaign for the project. The current Soroptimist House has been adversely impacted by deferred maintenance and the presence of asbestos throughout the facility. Further, the House suffered structural damage from the July 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake. The university remains grateful for the original donation of funds for the house, which played an important role in the history of the campus as an early student gathering space on campus. The history of the house and the pivotal role of the original gift would be preserved and presented in the new alumni center.

Parking and Transportation

Cal State Long Beach has a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation program to meet the needs of the campus community,  to work towards our sustainability commitments, and maintain the quality-of-life for nearby neighborhoods. Parking policy, traffic flows, use of mass transit, and communication programs are continually assessed to optimize access to and egress from campus. As such, parking demand, management, and controls are revised annually to meet current and future student, faculty, and staff needs. Along with our many neighbors whom elected to live near the university and enjoy the many benefits of living near an intellectual and cultural center, the institution places community feedback at the forefront of its ongoing planning. We believe in being a responsible and thoughtful steward-of-place, and seek to be actively engaged with our neighbors. 

University Art Museum Expansion & Horn Center Renovation

The University Art Museum on the interior of campus will undergo an expansion and renovation to accommodate additional gallery, education, and collection space. The adjacent Horn Center will also undergo renovation to add 10 new active learning classrooms, two large lecture halls, and a renovated computer lab and public areas. Two new exterior courtyards to the north and south will provide an abundance of outdoor seating area for students to study and socialize. The University Art Museum will be closed during construction, scheduled for March 2020 through July 2021. The art museum expansion will be funded using donated funds and the Horn Center renovation will be funded using state revenue bonds.