Kent State plans to build intergenerational community on campus – Record-Courier

About 25 Kent residents heard the concept for an Intergenerational Village centered around Allerton Street just west of Campus Center Drive. 
According to Doug Pearson, associate vice president of facility planning and operations for Kent State University, the concept was developed as part of the university’s Gateway Master Plan, which was adopted in March 2018. The project could accommodate as many as 1,000 residents and cost as much as $120 million, but virtually nothing about it — including the size — is certain at this point.
The meeting attendees — many of them neighbors living near the project site — had many questions about the specific impact on the neighborhood from the lighting to the size of the development to the conservation of wooded areas included in the site. 
Pearson and Kent Community Development Director Bridget Susel, chairs of the steering committee outlining the vision for the development, both said many answers are not available yet because there is no specific developer connected with the project yet. Proposals and qualifications are due from developers on Nov. 5.
“We’ll schedule another meeting in mid-November, maybe early December to give an update after the Nov. 5 due date for proposals,” he said. 
Steering Committee member Terry Schwarz of the Cleveland Urban Design Coalition said the committee outlined a variety of goals for the development, including that it be positive for the social and natural environments and that it be an engine of economic development. 
“Design excellence is also important,” said Schwarz. “The facilities should be designed in a way that people feel proud to have it be part of Kent and Kent State University. Also, it’s important to integrate the development within its context.”
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