The City Council has approved an agreement to build a $3.5-million, 47,488-square-foot educational center, which will house campuses for two colleges.
Councilman Bob Dinsen cast the dissenting vote against plans for the center, which will be home to the University of La Verne and Concorde College.
“There may not even be any Garden Grove students at the schools,” Dinsen said in an interview. “It doesn’t seem fair for Garden Grove residents to be subsidizing it.”
City Manager George Tindall said the city’s Redevelopment Agency sold the land to Pacific Development Partners for $1. But, he said, “Garden Grove homeowners are not putting one cent into this project. This is a private deal where the owner will pay property taxes.”
The money will come from tuition and the food and supplies students buy, Tindall said.
The center will occupy land on the northwest corner of Euclid Street and Garden Grove Boulevard, next to Coastline Community College and a Cal State Fullerton satellite.