The Clovis City Council unanimously gave the green light for California Health Sciences University’s campus expansion plans earlier this month.
“Our state-of-the-art medical school in Clovis will be joined by new buildings for our pharmacy school, administrative and support buildings, up to 8 additional health sciences colleges, a small campus commercial center, and housing for students and faculty,” stated Florence Dunn, President at California Health Sciences University.
The City Council voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between the City of Clovis and the California Health Sciences University (CHSU) acknowledging and allowing CHSU’s plans for developing in the Research and Technology (RT) Park area at Alluvial and Temperance Avenues.
This will allow University founders to continue campus expansion plans, build additional health sciences colleges, and offer new student and faculty housing near campus.
The City of Clovis authorized the initial CHSU campus expansion on 70 acres in the RT Park in 2016. CHSU announced plans to launch their new medical school that same year.
In 2020, CHSU made history when they opened their three story, state-of-the-art College of Osteopathic Medicine building with Simulation Center and welcomed their inaugural class of 79 CHSU medical students. In addition, the University founders increased the campus size to 123 acres of land with a possibility of increasing to 138 acres.
CHSU Helps Boost Local Economy
The projected total economic impact of CHSU’s current programs and planned growth could contribute up to $930 million into the City of Clovis and this region’s economy in direct, indirect, and induced effects over the next seven years.
This includes up to 536 annual, well-paid jobs that could be created with another approximately 560 one-time jobs from construction projects.
3-Phases of Campus Expansion
University founders and leaders have begun working to complete the master planning for the expanded CHSU campus. This includes exploring the third and fourth Colleges to offer at CHSU, which will be based on regional needs and job placement opportunities.
The campus expansion at Alluvial and Temperance is planned to occur in three phases with construction potentially beginning within 3-5 years.
Phase one plans to utilize 45 acres on campus for a new College of Pharmacy building, which will replace the current pharmacy school on Clovis Avenue. New library, student lounge, and administration buildings will also be under development.
Phase two is planned to include student and faculty housing with 20 acres of multi-family homes and 50 acres of single-family homes.
Phase three is planned to build future health sciences colleges and an ancillary commercial center on 23 acres.
If all goes as planned, the existing medical school on CHSU’s campus could be joined by several new colleges and campus support buildings for students, faculty, and administration by 2030.
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