The NVC On-Campus Student Housing will provide housing for our diverse students, including veterans, single parents, international students, athletes, and more. On-campus student housing allows students to actively engage in meaningful ways with the campus and our community: Students who choose to live on campus generally have better grades and are more likely to graduate than their counterparts who live off campus. The housing will provide a quality affordable residential community for students and will support college enrollments, as well as college recruitment and retention goals. On-campus student housing will expand NVC's support of our community by providing a local student workforce, reducing traffic and travel to/from campus, and enhancing adjacent city projects.
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The housing will offer a mix of furnished traditional residence hall rooms with access to shared kitchens and bathrooms, furnished apartments, and unfurnished apartments in various sizes. Common areas will include student gathering areas and study spaces. Due to the financing structure, which enables minimal or no financial risk to the College, it will be for NVC students only.
The 2015 Campus Master Plan Initial Report, a policy and land use plan, identified several areas of the campus suitable for development of student and employee housing. We have since selected a site at the north end of campus for student housing.
In spring 2019, demand studies demonstrated that there was interest in campus housing among students, staff and faculty. On January 23, 2020 the Napa Valley Community College District Board of Trustees approved moving forward to the pre-development phase of the student housing project. The pre-development phase is anticipated to take around 24 months. The developer for the campus housing project is The Martin Group and the architect of record is HPI Architecture, which is also the lead architect of record for both the Orange Coast College and Santa Rosa Junior College student housing projects. We are completing design and development, regulatory approvals and preparation of construction documents. The housing is projected to open in 2023.
The primary goals are to provide opportunities for students to reside in a quality housing community on campus and ease, as much as possible, student housing insecurity. Furthermore, this will support student success and NVC enrollment, as well as recruitment and retention goals. The project is intended to establish a permanent resident population on the campus, reinforcing a destination lifestyle for the college. By surrounding the daytime activity of the college main campus with residential life, the project is intended to promote a main campus that is active, vital and vibrant. This project will also expand NVC's support of its community, both locally and globally, by reducing pressure on local housing, reducing traffic and travel to/from campus, and enhancing adjacent projects such as the Kennedy Park expansion.
The college is working on a financing structure in which a non-profit organization enters into a ground lease of the property and issues tax-exempt bonds to fund the project. This structure is commonly referred to as a public-private partnership. All costs for the project are absorbed by the project financing; therefore, NVC can
ensure that no funds for the housing come from the College's general fund.
It is anticipated a project of this scale will take approximately three years to complete. Projected opening is early Fall 2023.
The housing will include a residential life program supportive of students’ needs and learning outcomes. This will include on-site campus housing personnel and programming of activities to engage student interaction as well as practices aligned with current health regulations.
Management and residence life will be operated by a campus management company and not by internal college departments and staff. The
Campus Master Plan Initial Report provides general design parameters (Section IV) including architectural design, open space, pedestrian access, landscape environment, and sustainability.
The California Community Colleges System Chancellor's Office reports that of the state’s 115 campuses, 11 offer housing. Student housing ranges from traditional on-campus residence halls with access to shared bathrooms on each floor to apartment-style buildings on or adjacent to campus grounds. All California community college campuses recommend early applications for rooms because of limited housing availability.
Board Docs to see the upcoming agenda for the district's Board of Trustees. The Board receives updates and takes action on the project.