Pixel Tracker

Monday, November 19 , 2018, 8:18 am | Fair 47º


Trustees OK Next Phase of University Glen at CSUCI campus

Plan includes single-family homes and townhomes for sale, market-rate apartments, and senior-living rental units

Artist rendering of University Glen’s next phase at CSUCI.
Artist rendering of University Glen’s next phase at CSUCI. (CSUCI)

CSU Board of Trustees has given final approval to the next phase of the CI 2025 Vision Plan during its meeting this week, giving a green light to development of 32 acres of the University Glen residential community on the CSU Channel Islands campus.

“This is another step in an effort to expand the campus to accommodate our enrollment growth over the coming years,” said John Gormley, assistant vice president for facilities services.

“We are completing the final phase of residential development in University Glen that has been sitting idle for nine years because of the economic downturn,” Gormley said.

The development will include 54 detached single-family homes and 66 townhomes for sale, as well as 310 market-rate apartments.

There also will be 170 senior-living apartments for people age 55 and older who meet a specific median income level. The senior apartments will be rentals.

“This housing mix is consistent with the built portion of the community and the residents are supportive, especially of the senior housing piece, and will benefit everyone,” Gormley said.

“It encourages senior tenants to become more connected with the university and provide more stability,” he said.

Because the land is leased to the CSUCI Site Authority by the CSU, the development will be able to offer housing to potential faculty and staff with financial incentives to make it more affordable to purchase a home, Gormley said.

“This will create housing opportunities in an expensive housing market,” Gormley said. “Faculty and staff who choose to relocate here and work on campus will have an opportunity to purchase a home.”

This development also provides revenue needed for the university to support the anticipated rapid growth. CSUCI’s student population is expected to continue to increase and the generated revenue will support construction of academic facilities.

“With this project, the Site Authority is in a much stronger position to fulfill its intended purpose — to generate a cash flow to help support the university," said Ysabel Trinidad, CSUCI vice president for business and financial affairs.

"As with the prior public/private partnership, we are also able to reduce additional debt carried by the Site Authority,” Trinidad said.

“We are also extremely happy to enhance our partnership with Kennedy Wilson on this second project. This partnership will leverage our existing relationship with KW which, in turn, will benefit all members of our residential community,” Trinidad said.

Site Authority Chair Jim Considine, who has been involved with the University Glen development since its inception, said evolution of plans for the 32-acre site was the result of a team effort of residents, the CSUCI campus, community members and the CSUCI Site Authority.

Considine said team input optimized the potential of this final development, making the best use of the land while maintaining the sense of place the University Glen residents enjoy.

“There’s something about being there,” Considine said. “There’s a tranquility with its own kind of feel and identity. I think we were able to preserve that as we put the plan together.”

Current University Glen residents will benefit from the next phase, too, Considine said, beyond the added value to their homes based on the completion of the entire community.

“It’s going to provide some more services. We’re going to expand pools and hopefully add fitness centers and the like,” he said.

“The concept there is that we maintain the same feel and look. I didn’t want to have something that looked like a Phase II. It should all tie together and be one development,” he said.

There have been numerous meetings with residents of University Glen who voiced their concerns about the project.

“There were some things that needed to be corrected and I believe we’ve listened well and, to the extent that we could, we have addressed the residents’ concerns,” Considine said, adding residents brought up some excellent points at public meetings.

In the end, Considine and CSUCI believe the majority of residents are happy with plans for the next phase of development, as evidenced by a letter from University Glen resident Miriam Olson.

Olson sent it to be included in the record for the CSU Board of Trustees during this week’s meetings. She wrote, in part:

“Each stakeholder group had to make concessions, yet all concerns were heard and addressed. I am hopeful that as the project moves forward, the safety and cohesive nature of the community will continue to be a top priority.”

Construction will be done by global real estate company Kennedy Wilson which expects to break ground in the next year.

— Nancy C. Gill for California State University Channel Islands.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.