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Chico State continues buying houses for new student housing, temporary parking

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico State's procurement office closed on purchasing its 13th house Thursday in the four-block neighborhood near West Sacramento Avenue and Warner Street in their ongoing effort to add a 900-student housing development across from the new Chico High School football stadium.

They're in negotiations with seven other homeowners.

Pending an environmental impact report, the purchased houses could begin being demolished as early as January.

A temporary 250-space gravel parking lot would be situated there until more houses are purchased and construction on the student housing begins.

The parking spaces will be needed because the university's lease with the Chico Unified School District will end soon, and the 140 leased spots will be used for Chico High School's new stadium.

"At this point, our plan is to offer fair market value, and we're negotiating with the neighbors in full-on discussions right now," said Mike Guzzi, Chico State's executive director of Facilities and Management Services.

"Our procurement officers are out there now in active discussion with all of the current owners," Guzzi said.

Homeowners in the nearby Mansion Park neighborhood have expressed concern, fearful that if the holdouts don't sell that a gravel parking lot will remain for a long period of time.

Chico State has met with the homeowners and told them it is confident that won't happen.

"The gravel parking lots are just a temporary stop until we get to that long-term plan," said Guzzi.33

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