Ohlone College nearing deal to build 250 apartments, retail space

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Ohlone College hopes to turn one of its assets surplus land in a historic area into a steady cash stream, leasing part of its sprawling campus to developers.

While some in the college's historic Mission San Jose district worry the proposal might harm the neighborhood's pastoral beauty, college leaders say preserving the area's charm is one of their top goals.

"The board wants to leverage our surplus property to generate some income" for educational programs, "while also maintaining the feel of Mission Boulevard," said Ron Little, Ohlone's vice president of administrative services.

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