California State University, Northridge (CSUN) serves 50,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors every day. The university hosts many events that draw thousands of visitors to campus annually, including commencement ceremonies, athletic competitions, and world-class performances at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. CSUN is pursuing development of a 149-room, on-campus hotel, with restaurant and conference space, that will meet the needs of the campus as well as the local community. CSUN’s orange grove and pond will remain intact. Additionally, the development will not adversely affect the stand of mature London plane trees along Nordhoff Street.
The absence of adequate hotel facilities near CSUN limits the university’s ability to support these many events and programs that connect the university with students and their families, alumni, and the academic and business communities. The nearest business-class hotels are over four miles from the CSUN campus, making it difficult to host conferences and visiting scholars; provide convenient lodging for campus candidates, visiting family members and athletic teams; and foster community partnerships. CSUN proposes construction of a branded, business-class hotel on campus, at Nordhoff Street and Matador Drive, to be undertaken by a private developer in partnership with CSUN. The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees (BOT) supports this public/private partnership project and granted concept approval in November 2015. In September 2019, the BOT approved the amendment of the 2019-2020 Capital Outlay Program, schematic Design for the project, and the final development agreement.
To address the university’s growing need for hospitality services to support its mission, CSUN engaged PKF Consulting, specialists in hotel/hospitality research www.pkfc.com/en/pkfc for a market analysis to determine the viability of developing a hotel on the campus. PKF’s market analysis confirmed the demand for lodging and conference facilities for student- and faculty-related events and activities, as well as for the local community, commercial travelers, visiting tourists and business conferences.
An on-campus hotel will:
- Serve students, alumni and family members visiting campus throughout the year, including prospective student visits and commencement ceremonies;
- Host academic symposiums and business conferences;
- House visiting scholars;
- Support the increased success of CSUN’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts and its 19 NCAA division I athletic teams;
- Provide additional revenue to the university;
- Provide a service to the surrounding community;
- Replace the aging Orange Grove Bistro/University Club with a facility that better connects CSUN to the community.
The development specifications will include specific quality standards and service levels for the project, and CSUN’s Facilities Planning office has prepared design guidelines to ensure compatibility with campus architecture.
The hotel development is expected to reduce peak-hour traffic impacts on the community and the university. Currently, campus visitors must stay off-site and travel to the campus. An on-campus hotel will mitigate those trips, as well as the associated demand for on-campus guest parking, since the hotel will have its own dedicated parking.
For questions regarding the project, please contact Linda Turner, Associate Director of Real Estate.
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