Monday, May 26, 2008
Chula Vista city officials finally secured a 345-acre land deal on the eastern side of the community. The property is bigger than the swath of land San Diego State University currently sits on.
City officials want to build a cluster of educational institutions on the property -- the crowning jewel being an independent university. The development would also include a research center, job training facility and a high school.
Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox says there roughly 231,000 people living in Chula Vista. She says South San Diego County desperately needs this project.
Cox: There is no four-year university or college south of 94. That means young men and woman seeking to enter college directly from high school who want to stay in San Diego County have to travel in order to go to school.Cox says the city will move forward in developing concrete plans for the large-scale development. She says the city also plans to talk about partnerships with the heads of San Diego County's colleges and universities. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.