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New off-campus dorms proposed for CSUB

A proposal for two new five-story dorm buildings was submitted to the city's planning department department on December 26, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Two new dorm buildings could be coming to house an additional 660 California State University Bakersfield students, but the university said it was not aware of the plan.

The proposal, submitted to the city planning department on Dec. 26 by McIntosh & Associates calls for building two five-story dorms at the intersection of Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway, about a third of a mile from CSUB's campus.

The city planning department has 30 days from the date of submission to review the proposal and respond with feedback.

CSUB said it was not made aware of this proposal, and sent a statement to Eyewitness News from university president Lynnette Zelezny: "CSU Bakersfield encourages its students to live on campus. Research has shown that students who live on campus do better in the classroom, and on-campus living allows students to fully experience university life."

CSUB has eight buildings which house 550 students. The majority of students commute to campus.

Anita Becherer, a geology major at CSUB who lives off-campus, was enthusiastic about the proposal.

"I think that it's a great idea. It's a perfect fit for the community," Becherer said. "I always wondered why we didn't have more housing on campus because I would think it would really help with the solidarity of the students, and the student population would feel more as one."

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