A controversial hotel plan proposed for CSU Northridge campus is moving forward despite labor union’s protests – Daily News

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A proposal to build a 150-room hotel on Cal State Northridge’s campus is moving forward after being approved Tuesday by California State University Board of Trustees’ committees.

Members of two joint committees —  finance and campus planning, as well as buildings and grounds — unanimously approved the project during a hearing in Long Beach.

The vote comes after a labor union expressed concerns about a contract between Cal State Northridge and Corvias Group, which is expected to build and manage the on-campus hotel.

The company has recently come under fire for operating what critics call substandard housing conditions for military families.

Unite Here Local 11 questioned the need to build a hotel in the midst of an affordable housing shortage.

“Any available land that is in close proximity to the campus should serve students, staff, and/or faculty directly,” the union recently said in a statement.

Danielle Wilson, a research analyst with Unite Here Local 11, said her union represents many workers who send their children to CSU campuses.

“It’s really important to us that public resources of the universities are taken care appropriately,” she said after the meeting.

Under the proposal, developer Corvias will finance, construct, operate and maintain the on-campus hotel slated for a 3-acre site.

The company grabbed headlines in recents month after Reuters discovered alleged neglect of dwellings that house military families on major U.S. bases.

CSUN first announced about its plans to build the hotel and restaurant in 2016 for guests, visiting students, their families, conference attendees, job candidates, visiting athletic teams and their fans.

Rick Evans, executive director of The University Corporation, a separate entity managing university commercial activities, said the absence of adequate hotel facilities near campus limits CSUN’s ability to support many events and programs that connect the university with students and their families and alumni.

Evans said in a statement that he was aware of the media reports involving a variety of private military housing partners, including Corvias.

The developer has “implemented a number of initiatives to ensure military families are supported immediately and over the long term,” he said in a statement, adding that Corvias recently directly invested $325 million into their existing military housing portfolio, “demonstrates their commitment as a valued and responsible private partner.”

The full 25-member Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the project Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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