MERCED -- Those curious about the University of California at Merced's expansion plans can attend a presentation Tuesday. The meeting -- open to the public -- will include details on the campus's planned growth as well as the proposed neighboring residential village, dubbed the university community.
The event will kick off with a 4 p.m. tour of UC Merced. The northeast Merced campus opened in 2005 and has about 1,800 students.
At 5:30 p.m., community members will meet in the California Room, in the dorm lobby, where Chancellor Steve Kang and the campus architect will give a presentation and answer questions from the audience.
The campus sits on about 100 acres and will expand to 810 acres to the south and east. Officials estimate growing to about 25,000 students in a few decades.
The adjacent university community would total a little less than 2,200 acres and have houses, parks, schools and shopping south of UC Merced down to Yosemite Avenue.
UC Merced officials submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in February. They need approval from the corps to build on wetlands inhabited by endangered fairy shrimp.
A joint environmental impact report for the campus and the northern portion of the university community also will be prepared. Public hearings will be part of the review and approval process, expected to take 12 to 14 months, UC Merced leaders said.
The corps will hold a public meeting April 23.
For details, go to www.spk.usace.army.mil/ organizations/cespk-co/regulatory/PNs.