Monday, October 6, 2008

Touro set to reveal latest plan for M.I.

Touro set to reveal latest plan for M.I.
University to give regular update presentation to Vallejo City Council
By JESSICA A. YORK/Times-Herald staff writer
Article Launched: 10/05/2008

Touro University will unveil the latest incarnation of its vision for northern Mare Island on Tuesday.

The conceptual land use presentation, scheduled for the regular Vallejo City Council meeting, is part of regular updates to the council on about 200 acres of proposed development.

The university received approval for its acquisition and development agreement for a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research center, phase one of planned development, this summer.

City Planning Manager Don Hazen said Tuesday's informational presentation will be a sort of kickoff for the Mare Island project, although this will be about the third time Touro representatives have come before the council with their plans.

Touro spokesman Jim Mitchell said the most recent plans will likely not be the final ones and may need adjustment, much as the projects have undergone multiple times over the past year and a half.

"There will be some significant changes but I can't talk about that yet," Mitchell said of the most recent update. "We have a vision but it's growing."

Hazen said that city planning staff have not yet gone over the most recent modifications to the project area, and will have to do so after the presentation.

The second phase of the development project will likely include a university village, hotel, faculty and student housing, research and development space and retail areas, said Susan McCue, Vallejo economic development program manager.

"It's pretty typical, where a project developer would want to share where they are and where they're going," McCue said. "It's really an opportunity for the council and the community to learn from Touro what they plan for Project 2 land uses."

In other meeting items, the council will consider forming an ad hoc committee to review city boards and commission functions, at Councilwoman Joanne Schivley's request. Council members Hermie Sunga, Michael Wilson and Erin Hanningan have been appointed to the ad hoc committee.

What: Vallejo City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday
When: City Council
Chambers, 555 Santa Clara St.
At Issue: Touro University's Project 2 plans

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