Forum to delve into Cal State East Bay's future

  • December 8, 2008

By Kristofer Noceda
The Daily Review
Published 12/07/2008

HAYWARD - Cal State East Bay officials have said the campus is poised for growth in the coming years, and on Tuesday they will reveal how they plan to make that a reality during a public forum to discuss and review a master plan for the school's Hayward campus.

The guideline addresses long-range planning issues such as land use, student and employee housing, traffic, parking, student services and other future development. A draft of the environmental impact report related to the campus master plan also will be discussed.

"The master plan and EIR (environmental impact report) will guide us as we look at the future development of the Hayward campus," said Linda Dalton, vice president of planning and enrollment development for the school.

The last time campus officials updated the master plan was in 1963, Dalton said.

"It is a big undertaking, and for many years Cal State East Bay did not have a change in enrollment and there was not a high level of urgency to (revisit the master plan)," she said. "But now our earlier buildings are moving along in years and we're looking at ways to accommodate additional students."

The university began looking into revising its master plan during the summer of 2007. Cal State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi held a series of town hall meetings to discuss the future of the university, resulting in guidelines officials must follow when implementing change on campus.

A task force and a steering committee were formed to help create a vision for the campus, which is outlined in the master plan. In addition, the university teamed with the city of Hayward and other community and campus stakeholders to help create the master plan.

The developed vision calls for the university to become a "vibrant university village," which includes focusing on an enhanced campus learning environment and creating more student-housing neighborhoods.

Campus officials would also like to improve campus entry and the overall university image, according to the plan.

Carlos Bee Boulevard and Harder Road currently are the only two arteries that feed into the campus. In the plan, a third and "more dramatic" entry is proposed for Hayward Boulevard on the eastern edge of campus with distinctive landscaping.

The plan also calls for a need for more "special identity" buildings to help create a more "memorable impression of the campus." For example, a small site at the center of the campus would be an ideal location for a campanile, tower or other vertical element, according to the master plan.

The master plan is expected to go before the CSU Board of Trustees in early 2009.

Tuesday's forum will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the New University Union. Cal State East Bay is located at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., in Hayward. For more information, visit www.aba.csueastbay.edu/FACPLAN/default.htm.

If you go

• What: Forum on master plan for Cal State East Bay's Hayward campus

• When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

• Where: New University Union at Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

• More info: www.aba.csueastbay.edu/FACPLAN/default.htm.


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