Vision Casting

by Jessica Boggs '03

Azusa Pacific University invited Azusa residents and community officials to the third in a series of community forums. The forums enable the university to partner with the community in formulating a 20-year campus development plan.

At the first two forums, October 1 and 5, the university listened to the key concerns, issues, and ideas Azusa residents had in regard to the plan. Since then, the input from those meetings have been synthesized and given to the university’s architects and planners for careful consideration.

The revised plan was presented to the public on October 26, 2002 in APU’s Darling Library Rotunda on West Campus. Following the 9:30 a.m. reception, architect Richard Thompson began a comprehensive slide presentation on the future layout of Azusa Pacific University. The slide show was a collaboration of both parties concerns and dreams for the school.

Solutions were offered for many of the concerns residents had voiced at the previous planning forums such as parking, campus edges, building heights, and aesthetics. Designs for the 20-year campus development plan also include three “windows” into each campus, providing an inviting view of the San Gabriel Mountains and campus for passing pedestrians.

“I like the project very much, “said Sarah Nova, an Azusa resident. “I think it is beneficial to both the community and the university.”

Information from October 26 and 29 meetings will now be factored into the specific plan and then turned over to the city. An environmental impact report and economical impact study will be conducted before the planning commission takes it to the City Council for approval.

To continue the partnership and dialog between the university and its neighbors, a breakfast is slated for January 25, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. in the LAPC Banquet Room on APU’s East Campus.