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Seaside officials accepting feedback on "Campus Town" development

SEASIDE, Calif. - The city of Seaside is making progress on the new Campus Town development.

The project that started in December 2016 is still in the planning stages, but city planners are expecting it to be move-in ready in two years. The site is located directly south of Cal State Monterey Bay campus off of Light Fighter Drive where old Fort Ord Army structures are currently standing.

Campus Town will provide housing, entertainment, retail and recreation over an 85 acre plot of land.

Seaside has been holding community meetings with residents and students to see what they are looking for. City Manager, Craig Malin says they want to make it a place students can remember forever, "Quality affordable housing and great places to visit and love as part of their collegiate experience. We're going to build a campus town that they can remember fondly for the rest of their lives."

Some students at CSUMB say the greatest need for the campus, is housing. "Definitely more affordable housing would be really beneficial especially as the school continues to grow," says student Char'Mane Robinson.

One student we spoke with, Jazmin Ruiz, says this new development could not only bring places to live, but employment too. "With more affordable housing and more restaurants that creates more jobs so that be easier for students to save up money and get a job and live off campus instead of on campus," says Ruiz.

Malin says this is a once in a career opportunity to build a Campus town from the ground up, "this is a very rare opportunity. Cities do not get to plan and build a campus town from scratch. you know these are normally cobbled together over the space of decades."

For more information you can visit Campus Town project website by clicking here.

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The City of seaside is making progress on a new project known as Campus Town.

The development is directly south of the Cal State Monterey Bay campus, which has been in the works for about a year now.

Various groups have been hosting meetings and informationals for students and the public to voice their opinions.

Students seem to be rather excited about the possibility of more housing.

"If they were like to broaden the housing that would be a lot better for students on campus," says one student.

One student we spoke with says this new development could not only bring places to live, but employment too.

"With more affordable housing and more restaurants that creates more jobs so that be easier for students to save up money and get a job and live off campus instead of on campus."

And the city seems to be up to speed on what students want.

"Quality affordable housing and great places to visit and love as part of their collegiate experience. We're going to build a campus town that they can remember fondly for the rest of their lives," says Seaside City Manager Craig Malin.

The project, which began last December would be on an 85 acre plot of land at Fort Ord near Lightfighter Drive.

It will be designed to provide arts, entertainment, retail and recreation as well...just a five minute walk from campus.

The City of Seaside has been holding meetings to get feedback and ideas. Malin says getting to build this college town from the ground up doesn't happen often.

This is a very rare opportunity. Cities do not get to plan and build a campus town from scratch. You know these are normally cobbled together over the space of decades."

The city's next step is to talk with the developer to make sure the plan works with their products. They are aiming to have this development move-in ready in two years.


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