On May 30, the University held a lengthy meeting in the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Cafeteria to discuss the Ten Year Plan with neighborhood residents who wanted input. The meeting took place in the options phase of the plan—that is, when the plan was a menu of different options that the University could pursue, and not at all near completion.
But, administrators promised neighbors, once the plan did begin to solidify, the University would host a spate of meetings to present neighbors with an opportunity to see and comment on more specific details of the plan.
Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson told the Voice in a recent interview that the University was committed to holding a similar meeting for students before Thanksgiving break. While it has not set a date for the meeting with students, the University has planned another round of meetings for neighborhood residents to comment on detailed presentations of different parts of a draft of the draft plan and two identical meetings on the full draft plan.
Last week, Charles DeSantis, the University’s Campus Plan Manager, emailed community listservs about these meetings. According to his email, the tentative schedule is:
Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 – 9 pm: Off Campus Life/Housing/Enrollment
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 – 9 pm: Off Campus Life/Housing/Enrollment (Note: This date is being held in the event additional time is needed after discussions on November 3.)
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 – 9 pm: Transportation
Monday, November 16, 6:30 – 9 pm: 1789 Block
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 – 9 pm: Draft Plan Review
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 – 9 pm: Draft Plan Review
Locations have yet to be determined.
The Plan, Olson pointed out is now out of the “options phase,” and is beginning to look like the product that the University will submit to the Board of Zoning Adjustment early next year for approval.
“There are some key elements that are, again, open to comment and review, but they are more than just a list of options. This is a draft plan, this is where we would like to go,” he said. “There is still room for feedback and incorporating the suggestions and ideas and the concerns that we hear from students, neighbors, faculty, and staff.”