UCLA Relocates Planned Hotel And Conference Center

Thursday, November 3, 2011

UCLA has chosen a new site for an on-campus hotel and conference center, abandoning a controversial plan to demolish the university's faculty club to make way for the new facility, officials said Tuesday.

The meeting spaces and 250 guest rooms would replace a multilevel garage at the campus center, sparing the faculty club, a 52-year-old structure on the school's eastern edge. The revised plan is also expected to ease concerns about increased traffic in neighborhoods east of UCLA.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block on Tuesday said that continuing opposition to the first location influenced his decision to move to what he described as a "second excellent site."

"We did feel there was significant faculty concern that we listened to, and we tried to listen to our neighbors," Block said. He also said the planned hotel should not cut into business at Westwood hotels, with the conference center expected to generate additional demand for off-campus rooms too.

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