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A South Coast university has a project which deals with two problems – the lack of affordable housing, and financing university facilities

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Work starts on Cal State Channel Islands’ newest residential community development this month.

A 32-acre site within the campus University Glen community will include 310 market-rate apartments, 109 for-sale homes, 170 income restricted apartments for seniors and there are plans to construct an Early Childhood Education center.

Laurie Nichols – Assistant VP for administrative services at Cal State Channel Islands – says it’s a unique way to generate revenue for the university.

"We are the only CSU with a Site Authority," she explained.

"It really helps support programs. This was created to transition the site from the Camarillo State Hospital to a four-year university."

The development will also feature a number of amenities including a clubhouse, pool, fitness center and recreational park areas and trails.

Work is set to begin this month.