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Public gets chance to weigh in on SDSU's proposed Mission Valley campus

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 20:29:51-05

SAN DIEGO --- San Diego State University is seeking public feedback as it begins to study the impacts of its project to turn the SDCCU Stadium site into a Mission Valley campus.

In November, San Diego voters approved a plan that authroized the city to sell the site to SDSU for an expansion. The campus would allow enrollment to increase by about 15,000 full-time students. It would also include two hotels, 95,000 square feet of commercial space, and 4,600 residential units, not just for students. That's in addition to a 35,000-seat stadium for SDSU football.

The university will conduct a full environmental impact report on the plan. In anticipation, it is holding three hearings to let the public weigh in on a wide variety of impacts.

"Traffic is an impact, that's usually one that a lot of people have comments on, noise, greenhouse gas, water quality" said Laura Shinn, SDSU's Director of Planning.

SDSU held its first meeting on Tuesday on campus. It has another planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marriott Mission Valley, and another on Feb. 7.

The university hopes to have the EIR before the CSU board of trustees for certification by next January. The stadium could open by Fall 2022.

Cara Wolder, a senior at SDSU, said she hopes the university incorporates alternative transportation in its plan for open spaces.

"We are very active," she said. "We do love riding our bikes and scooters to school."

The plan calls for 84-acres of parks and open spaces.