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Campus Plan to Build Retail Center Dropped

September 18, 1997

Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson has withdrawn a controversial and long-stalled plan to build retail stores and restaurant on the north end of the campus.

Wilson took the action at the request of CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz, who said the proposed University MarketCenter will not generate enough money to justify commercial uses for university property.

As Wilson prepared to submit the $16-million MarketCenter development plan to the CSU Board of Trustees' for approval this week, Munitz asked her to rework the project and come up with a more comprehensive master plan.

The decision to send the plan back to the drawing board came a few hours before Wilson was to appear before the 24-member CSU board of trustees. She was seeking final approval to move forward with a plan to lease about 11 acres of university property to a private developer for $384,484 a year.

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