FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The SDSU plan for Mission Valley benefits the entire region, and ensures the long-term viability and financial stability of the university for future generations.
 
SDSU is land-locked on its current 288-acre site. The Mission Valley plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the university in a location that is both close to the main campus and large enough to accommodate the region’s growing needs for higher education, housing, employment, recreational amenities and open spaces.
Plans for the Mission Valley site include:
  • 1.6 million square feet of academic and research/innovation space, affording technology transfer between companies and SDSU researchers;
  • 90 acres of open space with a 50-acre river park, athletic and recreational fields, and more than 4 miles of hiking and biking trails;
  • Approximately 4,500 residential units, including student, faculty, and staff housing, as well as, affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing;
  • A 35,000-seat multi-use stadium for college football, professional soccer, other sports, concerts and events; expandable for NFL football;
  • 95,000 square feet of campus- and neighborhood-serving retail shops and business services;
  • Approximately 6,000 parking spaces for public and game-day use along with additional spaces as required for housing and retail, and spaces for the hotel/conference facilities that will accommodate campus visitors and serve as an incubator for students in SDSU’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Friends of SDSU is group of private citizens led by alumni and other university supporters. SDSU West is a proposed ballot initiative sponsored by Friends of SDSU. If approved by City of San Diego voters in November 2018, the SDSU West initiative would allow the university to purchase the Mission Valley site at fair market value and develop it for the region’s educational, economic and recreational benefits.
No, the university has the resources to purchase and develop this land without relying on taxpayer dollars. The plan would be financed through public-private partnerships and/or bonds that would be paid back by revenue generated through the development.
The university would use public-private partnerships to develop the commercial, retail and housing properties on the site—all of which will assist SDSU in realizing its higher educational mission and support the region’s economic growth and expansion.
No. This plan will not impact student tuition or fees. The California State University system-wide student costs are set by the Board of Trustees.
Yes, SDSU has more than 120 years of land-use planning and development experience. In the last five years, SDSU has completed more than $500 million in capital projects including classroom, residential and mixed-use buildings.
SDSU is working with a consultant to estimate the tax revenue that the planned development will generate.
 
Based on a fall 2017 report, SDSU generates more than $5.67 billion in economic impact and approximately $457 million annually in tax revenue streams for state and local governments. With more opportunities for higher education, incubator space, commercial and retail, it is anticipated that number will increase to the benefit of the entire region.
SDSU expects the first stage of construction will include the new stadium, the watershed and green belt, and the initial phase of residential housing and campus/innovation space.
Everyone. The design of this park allows for active and passive uses that make for a vibrant green space, not just for the campus community to enjoy, but for all San Diegans to use and take pride in.
Yes. Transparency in this process is critical to SDSU. SDSU will initiate and complete a thorough and open CEQA review process that will allow for significant public review and input. The CEQA process will identify environmental and traffic impacts, as well as appropriate mitigation measures.
Yes. Throughout the design process, SDSU has been in regular communication with the Mission Valley Planning Group and other organizations to ensure we are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Mission Valley Community Plan.
 
SDSU will continue to have meaningful dialogue with city planning groups, the River Park Foundation, the River Conservancy, the City of San Diego and others. Additionally, the university will continue to present the plan to groups on- and off-campus for input, in addition to the public comment periods required through CEQA.
This plan provides a blueprint for the university’s long-term growth. Future student enrollment is aligned with demand and state funding, The availability of appropriate space for quality education is crucial to SDSU’s future enrollment growth.

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