420 unit complex marketed to students could be built near Cal State Fullerton – Orange County Register
A student-centric 420-unit apartment complex could be built just steps from Cal State Fullerton, removing a hurdle this week with close approval from the City Planning Commission.
Passed by 3-2, the project moves on to Fullerton City Council, which will consider the proposed general plan and zoning changes that would allow the development to replace the existing office buildings on Chapman and Commonwealth Avenues.
A six-story complex is envisioned with retail space, a range of apartment sizes, and amenities such as a rooftop pool. The complex would focus on student life, but the units could be rented to anyone.
Cameron Irons, owner of one of the office buildings the new complex would occupy, said he always imagined the space would one day function as student accommodation. In its current form, the site is “functionally obsolete”, with low ceilings, no elevators and an outdated design, he told commissioners at a meeting on Wednesday (September 29).
Core Spaces, the developer behind the project, “appeared to be the most active and best focused on student housing,” Irons said. The company, which has built many other projects across the country near major universities, is on contract to purchase the office buildings, said its development director, Rob Bak.
The group sees the project as an opportunity to address an unmet housing need among university students in the region. Cal State Fullerton “in particular does not have enough campus beds, units and dormitories that it owns to house the students it wants,” Bak said.
The university expressed support for the project in a letter to the town planning commissioners, stating that “we believe this mixed-use, very walkable, bicycle-friendly project aligns closely with long-term goals from the university by offering a diverse mix of residential accommodation. offers, which will be ideal for our growing student population as well as faculty and staff. “
The apartment complex, proposed just south of Cal State Fullerton, would be rented by the bed, with occupants renting a place in a furnished unit. Apartment sizes would vary from micro-units to four-bedroom, split-level townhouses.
The building would offer a “wide variety of prices” at market rates, Bak said, adding that specific costs had not been released.
And, for an additional charge, tenants could also rent a parking space in the garage offered.
Two commissioners who voted against the project said they were generally in favor of the proposed use of the space, but were concerned about the potential lack of available parking spaces for tenants, which could lead to overflow in buildings. neighboring neighborhoods. The project provides for 338 spaces for tenants and guests, and 38 for shops.
Bak said he doesn’t believe the desire for a parking spot will exceed the allotted spaces. Core Spaces specifically chooses sites to develop close enough to universities for residents to walk around. The company operates a bike-sharing program at all of its properties, Bak told commissioners, and skateboards will be available to tenants.
The additional charge for a parking space is also “just general good practice for parking management,” Bak said.
Removing parking fees from rent also allows those who don’t need to drive to pay less, he noted. “You shouldn’t have to pay extra to basically subsidize someone else’s rent for their vehicle.”