The South Campus Plaza mixeduse development at San Diego State University includes student housing and retail establishments San Diego State University

The South Campus Plaza mixed-use development at San Diego State University includes student housing and retail establishments.

Student housing set to open in mixed-use development at San Diego State University

South Campus Plaza includes housing for more than 600 students.

The South Campus Plaza mixed-use development at San Diego State University is scheduled to open student housing space next week in time for the beginning of spring semester.

The university says the $142.7 million project will provide housing for more than 600 students, as well as retail space. The project will consist of 225,000 gross square feet of residential and retail space and 122,000 gross square feet for a parking structure. San Diego State's goal is to house 10,000 of its students either on campus, or within walking distance of campus in university-affiliated housing or nearby apartment complexes.

Officials hope that South Campus Plaza will provide a dynamic gateway to the university and help the school become a more residential campus.

The residence halls have double-occupancy student rooms, and apartments for residential education staff and visiting scholars. The halls also will feature student learning spaces, multipurpose rooms, faculty offices, study areas, lounges and a community kitchen. Student amenities in the building also will include a mail room, bicycle storage, laundry room and trash chutes.

The retail component of South Campus Plaza will include a grocery store, restaurants and other retail shops.

The project is funded by revenue bonds that will be paid back by retail, housing and parking revenue generated by the project.

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