Lanterman: Campus South in planning

By Chelsea Mazer

Cal Poly Pomona will be expanding its grounds with the 300-acre Lanterman Development Center.

The LDC was a facility for the developmentally disabled until its doors closed in the end of 2014.

The property was accumulated in July 2015 once the state of California transferred the rights and jurisdiction of the land to the university through the Department of Developmental Services.

No construction has been done with the property since its transfer of ownership.

However, since the transfer, time consultants have conducted land analysis tests, reviewed the site’s topography, checked into climate conditions, studied the historical significance of the site and performed other tasks necessary before breaking new ground on a construction project.

This large stretch of land will be used as the university’s Campus South, and the consultants findings show that the site will be a great asset to the university as it plans and develops various expansion projects over the next few years.

Earlier this year, a process known as Request for Qualifications began, which is required to create a plan and a potential end goal for the property.

This RFQ would also bring a master developer or cumulative team of developers together to work with the university on these developments.

CPP has plans in the making to release their RFQ in the upcoming future, so the expansion process and building plans can be started.

While this is now the university’s property, university officials are already planning to bring in the help and opinions of others for insight and for a second opinion.

In January, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, was selected to lead the team of developers and planners for this property.

HOK was chosen out of four finalists and brings both the experience and expertise necessary to be a successful and knowledgeable leader of this team.

Besides hiring HOK as the large supporting firm, no other developments have been announced or made thus far.

The university does not have private financial backing for this project, so CPP will rely on the potential donations and gifts of various benefactors to support the development of any future changes to the acquired property.

The Lanterman property is located in South Campus

The Lanterman property is located in South Campus

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