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February 1 , 2006
DH 06 RH04
Contact: Russ Hudson,
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Home Depot Center Expansion Gets CSU Trustees’ OK

Could mean $450,000 a year for campus; Track lights also approved

Carson, CA— Two important hurdles were cleared today when the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees gave final approval to two lingering issues on the California State University, Dominguez Hills campus, one of which could generate annual revenues of $450,000 for CSUDH.

In May, 2005, contingencies were placed on the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Phase 2 expansion of the Home Depot Center (HDC), contingencies that the CSU Chancellor’s Office was to monitor. Chancellor Charles Reed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, declared that the requirements had been met, clearing the way for the trustees to give final approval today for the $55 million building program that includes a 60,000-square-foot athletics training center and office complex, a 50,000-square-foot field house and training center, a 240-bed athletic residential facility, and a 200-room hotel.

The HDC owner, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will pay for all of the Phase 2 expansion. It is estimated that when the expansion is complete it will generate at least $450,000 a year for the campus. Next, campus and AEG officials will sit down and finalize documents and the timing of construction.

The contingencies included that the chancellor make a determination that there are no outstanding material issues of noncompliance in any agreements between the university and AEG and the nearby University Heights community; a written agreement by AEG that includes reference to CSU Dominguez Hills in all AEG media releases, announcements and broadcasts of events at the Home Depot Center, and a further commitment by AEG to acquire that same agreement from all third-party users of the facility; and a determination by the chancellor that the revenue resulting from the second phase of HDC is equivalent to comparable market rates.

Also approved today by the trustees was the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report concerning the permanent lights at the track-and-field site. The Trustees’ Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds voted its final approval Tuesday, Jan. 31,  for the lights, then turned it over to the trustees, who approved it today. The lights originally were to be installed by AEG as temporary lighting, but instead were installed as permanent lighting. Since then, AEG has planted landscaping, put screening on the backs of bleachers, and angled the lighting more sharply downward. A fund is now being set up to pay for curtains and blinds for any nearby residents still affected by the lights who want them.

The university is now authorized to use the lights as early as tonight. However, at this time there are no nighttime events scheduled at the field for the month of February.

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Last updated February 1, 2006, 12:59 p.m.,
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