With a developer selected and an advisory committee in place, Cal Poly Pomona intends to move forward with crafting a plan for the Lanterman site.
Irvine-based developer FivePoint and the university are moving toward an exclusive negotiating agreement, a crucial step before development discussions begin in earnest.
FivePoint has worked on several noted projects across California, including the Great Park in Orange County and Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
“In addition to their profound expertise, we chose FivePoint because their proposal had a deep respect and appreciation for the academic mission of the project,” said University President Soraya M. Coley said at Fall Conference. “As the next state in this endeavor, one year ago we established an advisory committee of faculty, staff, and students . . . to launch the visioning process and engage the campus and local community in exploring interests and opportunities at the site.”
The state closed the former Lanterman Development Center in 2014. The following year, Chancellor Timothy White, authorized by the CSU Board of Trustees, negotiated the transfer of the land to Cal Poly Pomona. The university completed a feasibility study in 2017. The full buildout of the project will take decades.
“When Cal Poly Pomona first opened its doors in 1938, there was great hope for what it would become, Coley said. “We will need to have that same kind of imagination as we sit at the origins of what the Lanterman site can turn out to be. I cannot fully express how grateful I am to be your partner as we look to build the Cal Poly Pomona of decades to come.”