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Monday, January 21, 2008

SF State The Hotelier? - New Master Plan Calls for 250 Rooms, Funding TBD

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 6:13 AM


By Jason Sanford, Snitch Contributor

It could be one of the biggest potential changes to any part of San Francisco (Rincon Hill construction withstanding) over the next decade and yet, like many developments in the fogbelt not having to do with escaped jungle cats, it is quite overlooked.

The so-called Master Plan drawn up and approved by San Francisco State University calls for renovating and drastically altering the aesthetics of the campus, including a new sports arena and 250-room hotel.

It would add a convention hub as well as new campus buildings to attempt an enrollment boost into the realm of 25,000 students.

The final price tag is still open-ended, yet the visually-ambitious design was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees on Nov. 14, 2007, and work has already begun on the former Stonestown Apartments complex and school library.

Not everyone who knows about the plan is thrilled, as the sweeping changes on display at are opposed by the Parkmerced Residents’ Organization, an association of residents of the nearby community. In a 2007 letter sent to school president Robert Corrigan, among others, the VP of the residents organization said that the group “strongly urges the CSU Board of Regents…to reject the proposed Final Draft as insufficient [sic] inadequate in scope, and incomplete in terms of the documentation of the neighboring historical context.”

Director of University Communications Ellen Griffin called the Master Plan “an overall vision, and a direction…an umbrella over several years,” while adding that each part of the project would be evaluated.

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