Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- November 14, 2002
Agreement Clears Way For Development At CSU Stanislaus-Stockton
An agreement between the Stockton Center Site Authority and Grupe Commercial
Company (“Grupe”) which paves the way for expanding educational
services and commercial development of the 102-acre midtown site now
occupied by California State University, Stanislaus-Stockton has been
The 50-year agreement, with four 10-year options, calls for Grupe to
manage, maintain and develop the site.
The Site Authority was established as a legal, independent entity by
the California State University and the City of Stockton for the purpose
of developing the former Stockton Developmental Center site, which became
the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center in 1998.
Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of CSU Stanislaus, applauded Grupe for
helping bring about what promises to be a positive future for development
of the site.
“I am delighted with the final agreement with Grupe to develop
what has been named University Park,” President Hughes said. “This
is the culmination of a process that will accelerate the development
of our fast-growing University to meet the needs of Stockton and San
Joaquin County for high quality and affordable public higher education.”
“The Site Authority is responsible for providing administrative
guidance and management oversight to Grupe during the life of the agreement,”
said J. Patrick Drohan, executive director of the Site Authority and
CSU assistant vice chancellor, capital planning, design and construction.
“One of our primary objectives is to ensure the orderly development
of the site in keeping with the educational mission of the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton
Center. We are confident that Grupe will be able to accomplish this
CSU Stanislaus-Stockton occupies a portion of Acacia Court, the largest
building on the site, as well as portions of nearby Weber Square. The
Magnolia Mansion will be renovated as a meeting and reception facility
through a fund-raising campaign being spearheaded by CSU Stanislaus
Foundation Board member John Phillips.
Site operations will be funded under an agreement between the Site Authority
and Grupe. As the developer, Grupe will receive $1.3 million of the
$1.7 million the Site Authority receives annually from the state. In
addition, Grupe will receive all revenue from leases and contracts at
the site. In exchange, Grupe accepts all development risk and beginning
in year 2026 will start paying ground rent to the Site Authority.
Grupe has already commenced demolition of certain buildings at the north
end of the site.
Grupe is currently working with Stockton Unified School District and
the Site Authority to develop an elementary school and charter high
school at the site. Additional development possibilities at University
Park include research laboratories, office complexes and retail commercial
businesses that blend in with the University, such as bookstores and
restaurants, and housing.
President Hughes also expressed great admiration for the Grupe family’s
longstanding advocacy of education.
“We are so fortunate that the Grupe Company stepped forward to
take on this project, because they are renowned not only for developing
the area but also for advancing education,” she said. “There
have been many educational initiatives spearheaded by the Grupes over
the years, including the San Joaquin A+ program.”
Enrollment at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton is expected to increase from its
current 1,300 students to more than 5,000 over the next decade. Popular
programs at the Stockton location are teacher education, psychology
and child development, criminal justice, nursing and social work. The
corporate community and CSU Stanislaus are working to raise funds to
start computer information systems and digital design courses.
“We look forward to University Park being a catalyst for the revitalization
of midtown Stockton,” said Kevin Huber, president of Grupe Commercial
Company. “Grupe Commercial Company has already donated $30,000
in cash and services to help fund a recent community event and the development
of curriculum for the bachelor of science computer information systems
CSU Stanislaus is striving to make it possible for students from the
Stockton area to attain a college degree. The University’s Stockton
Eighth Grade Initiative (SEGI) scholarship program, established by President
Hughes, provides opportunities for Stockton middle school students to
attend CSU Stanislaus after they graduate from high school.
For development information, contact Dan Keyser, senior vice president,
Grupe Commercial Company at 209-473-6201.
Contacts: Don Hansen, CSU Stanislaus (209) 667-3997
Colleen Bentley-Adler, CSU (562) 951-4801
Dan Keyser, Grupe (209) 473-6201 email@example.com