The NVC Campus Student Housing Project will 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 will provide quality below-market rate housing for students and will support college enrollments, as well as recruitment and retention goals for both students. Campus student 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 selected a site at the north end of campus for student housing, which will offer a mix of furnished traditional dorm rooms with access to shared kitchens and bathrooms, ensuite dorm rooms with private bathrooms and apartments in various sizes.
In spring 2019, demand studies demonstrated that there was interest in campus housing among students, staff and faculty. On January 23, 2020 the Napa Valley Community College District Board of Trustees
approved moving forward to the pre-development phase of the student housing project. The pre-development phase is anticipated to take up to 18 months. The developer for the
campus housing project is The Martin Group and the architect is HPI
Architecture, which is the lead architect for both the Orange Coast College and
Santa Rosa Junior College student housing projects. Next steps include schematic
design, design and development, regulatory approvals, and preparation of
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 Student Housing Project are to provide opportunities for students for a quality housing community right on campus that will support student success and NVC enrollment, as well as recruitment and retention goals. The project is intended to establish a permanent resident population on the campus, reinforcing a destination lifestyle for the college. By surrounding the daytime activity of the college main campus with residential life, the project is intended to promote a main campus that is active, vital and vibrant. 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 could 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 located on undeveloped property to the north of the main campus.
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 three 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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