The NVC Campus Housing Project, currently being considered by the Board of Trustees, would provide housing for our diverse students, including veterans, foster youth, single parents, international students, athletes, and more. On-campus student housing allows students to actively engage in meaningful ways with the campus: Students who choose to live on-campus generally have better grades and are more likely to graduate than their counterparts who live off campus. The project would provide quality affordable housing for students and employees and will support college enrollments, as well as recruitment and retention goals for both students and employees. Campus housing will expand NVC's support of our community by providing local workforce housing, reducing traffic and travel, and enhancing adjacent city projects.
NVC Campus Housing FAQs
The 2015 Campus Master Plan Initial Report, a policy and land use plan, identified several areas of the campus suitable for development of student and employee housing. We have since undertaken several exploratory activities, including gathering constituent feedback; conversations with local government agencies and nonprofit organizations; and consultation with area experts and legal counsel to assess the feasibility of campus housing.
In spring 2019, demand studies demonstrated that there was interest in campus housing among students, staff and faculty. On August 22, the Board approved a pre-development agreement with the Martin Group. This agreement includes an initial 90-day phase of feasibility studies and, if the Board decides to move forward, a second phase of pre-development activities, which is anticipated to take up to 18 months.
The District is building upon the 2015 Initial Report, which focused on the main campus property, to now include all district sites in a review of potential uses for real property.
The primary goals of the Campus Housing Project are to provide opportunities for students and employees for quality affordable housing that will support student success and NVC enrollment, as well as recruitment and retention goals for both students and employees. The project is intended to establish a permanent resident population on the campus, reinforcing a destination lifestyle for the college. By surrounding the day-time activity of the college main campus with residential life, the project is intended to promote a main campus that is active, vital and vibrant. Studies have found that students who live on campus tend to have better grades and be more likely to graduate than their counterparts who live off campus. This project will also expand NVC's support of its community, both locally and globally, by reducing pressure on local housing, reducing traffic and travel, and enhancing adjacent projects such as the Kennedy Park expansion.
The project may also include an extension of Gasser Drive, or South Napa Marketplace Drive, into the Napa campus, which could become an important roadway link to serve both the main campus and the project. This roadwork could provide NVC with a secondary entry point for emergency services.
All contemplated development areas are locateded on undeveloped property to the north and northwest of the main campus. The Flood Control Project completed by Napa County has created opportunities in the previous "flood way" area that is now considered "flood plain" and buildable.
The college is anticipating a financing struture in which a non-profit organization takes on a ground lease of the property and issues tax-exempt bonds to fund the project. If the project moves forward, all costs for planning and construction will be reimbursable from the sale of bonds . This method ensures that no funds for the project come from the College's general fund.
It is anticipated a project of this scale would take approximately two years to complete.
Design details and service plans for the project are yet to be defined but it is nearly certain that facilities services and operations of the project will be managed through an outside vendor and not by internal college departments and staff. The
Campus Master Plan Initial Report provides general design parameters (Section IV) including architectural design, open space, pedestrian access, landscape environment, and sustainability.
The California Community Colleges System Chancellor's Office reports that of the state’s 115 campuses, 11 offer housing. Student housing ranges from traditional on-campus dormitories with access to shared bathrooms on each floor to apartment-style buildings on or adjacent to campus grounds. All California community college campuses recommend early applications for rooms because of limited housing availability.
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