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* Campus master plan meeting Dec. 8

Shoreline Community College will host a public meeting Dec. 8, 2010 as officials prepare to submit an application for a Master Development Plan to the city Shoreline.

 

The meeting will be from 7-9 p.m., in Room 9208 of the PUB. Consultants from Schacht  Aslani Architects, of Seattle, will make a presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and submit feedback.

 

The meeting is being held as part of the city’s early planning process for master development plans. It is required for the Type C, quasi-judicial decision the college is seeking under the Shoreline Municipal Code.

 

Once approved by the city, the Master Development Plan would define future development plans for the college’s property for the next 15 years. Information at the Dec. 8 meeting will describe potential building projects over period of the plan, give an overview of city and state approval processes and discuss how comments from the meeting would be used in the college’s decision-making process.

 

As part of the city requirements, the college mailed meeting notifications to all residents living within 500 feet of the college.

 

The Dec. 8 meeting will be similar to one hosted in January, 2010. At that meeting, consultants showed concepts for a master development plan and took comments.

 

SCC President Lee Lambert said at the time that while it is unlikely the state will have much money for capital projects such as buildings, the college must have an approved master development plan in place to be eligible should funding become available.

 

Lambert has said that a master development plan doesn’t necessarily mean expanding the capacity of campus, but rather improvement to facilities, many of which are coming up on their 50th birthdays. Those improvements can help students achieve goals and, in turn, help the community and the state. Lambert cited the rebuilt and improved library, which opened seven years ago. “The ‘library’ is now the Library Media Technology Center and is a hub of learning on campus,” he said.

 

The most recent capital project, an addition to the Professional Automotive Training Center that opened in June, 2010, didn’t rely solely on state funding, he said. “The state gave us $2 million, Toyota gave $1 million and the local auto dealers combined for nearly another $1 million,” he said

 

The Dec. 8 event is intended to gain feedback before the college submits an application to the city, said Daryl Campbell, SCC Vice President for Administrative Services. “We want to hear from our neighbors and other constituencies that care so deeply about this college,” Campbell said.

 

Campbell added that the on-campus community will also have more opportunities to share thoughts. “We need campus input, too,” Campbell said. “The Dec. 8 meeting is just one part of very inclusive process.”

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