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Final Measure J forums offer students chance to be heard

Fullerton College students will have a couple more opportunities to participate in the extensive Measure J planning process at the upcoming third and final campus forum on Oct. 20.

The Measure J campus forum will be located in rooms 224-228 from 1-2:30 p.m. There will also be a community forum the following day, Oct. 21, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the same location.

The campus forums were designed to aid in the planning process by allowing students and the entire campus community to ask questions and offer suggestions about Measure J. It also serves to inform the at-large community of the upcoming renovation projects.

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The current map of renovations and proposed facilities for Fullerton College under the newly approved Measure J bond. Photo credit: Fullerton College

The $574 million dollar Measure J bond, which passed unanimously in November 2014, was created to facilitate upgrades, improvements and repairs to the Fullerton, Cypress and the School of Continuing Education campuses.

The renovations are slated to take place over the next 20 years. The forum should shed some light on when and where the renovations will begin.

According to Lisa McPheron, director of campus communications at Fullerton College, one of the most important aspects of the upcoming forum will be discussing the findings from previous forums. The DLR Group, the architects chosen to oversee Measure J renovations, will be on hand to share information gathered to date, including their proposed plans moving forward.

“They [DLR] will be presenting their findings on locations and sequencing for the projects to hopefully provide a clearer picture for the community,” McPheron said.

Guests at the forum will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their input about proposed building locations and the sequencing of projects.

Following the completion of the forums, Fullerton College will still have to submit final plans for environmental impact review. According to McPheron, the review process will take approximately two years.

Even though the project is a couple years from breaking ground, the forum is one of the final steps allowing the community to be included in planning and determining the direction Fullerton College will be headed as they embark on the 20-year renovation plan.

McPheron said, “It’s pretty critical if people have questions, to come join the discussion.”

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