Plans progress for University Village and rail station

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U of R has begun planning and collecting community input for a new gateway to the Redlands campus.

Plans for the new University Village involve nearly 25 acres of University-owned land on the south side of campus behind Ann Peppers Hall. The village will also host a transit center—the future Arrow Line’s terminus station—for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, expected to begin service by 2021.

“The vision of this University Village is that of a contemporary, vibrant place to live, dine, shop, work, and play,” said President Ralph Kuncl in a letter accompanying a questionnaire to neighbors in the city. “This includes thoughtful development of sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, civic, and commercial spaces that simultaneously enhance the economic vitality of the region and highlight the unique features of our community.”

A series of workshops in September enabled area residents and members of the University community to provide feedback on early University Village conceptual designs and share ideas with designers
and engineers. The University is working in partnership with the City of Redlands and the San Bernardino County Transit Authority on the project, which is an important element in the University’s strategic plan, North Star 2020.

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