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The university is tearing down homes near the campus area to make way for more parking and a possible new academic building, but not all of the people who live in these houses want to move.

Posted: Jul. 18, 2018 7:16 AM
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 7:52 AM

Chico, Calif.-- Demolition continues today on homes north of the Chico State campus.

However, there are some homeowners who live in the demo area who say they are staying put.

Right now, a section of homes were on Warner Street and three adjacent streets will be torn down to make way for new buildings, and an expansion of the campus.

The planned structures are a part of a new master plan for the university, and school officials say the idea to expand to this area of town has been in the works for 20 years.

And while there was once the idea to put in more housing, thousands of new units at three different locations are nearly completed on Nord Avenue up the road mean there may be a need for a new academic building and parking instead.

"As we look at how the campus has expanded, there's no academic buildings on that northwest side, so maybe it would be a better call to put an academic building out there new residence halls closer to campus," said Director of Facilities Michael Guzzi.

Chico State plans to complete demolition of 9 homes in just two weeks.

They say they will move forward with construction, with or without complete homeowner buy-in.

"It's no secret. Our university is growing and expanding and we need to have the facilities to support that. I know they have been offered fair market value for their homes and that there are active discussions," said Guzzi.

Chico State says conversations with the three homeowners are "productive" and they will continue those discussions.

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