Lanterman Development Center


Located on approximately 300 acres near the Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) campus, the Lanterman Developmental Center (LDC) formerly served as a residential healthcare facility for the developmentally disabled until its closing. In 2013 the State of California declared the property to be surplus state real property, and the Department of General Services (DGS) was authorized to transfer jurisdiction of the land to a State agency that would use the property responsibly to serve the best interests of the State. The California State University (CSU) notified DGS of CSU’s interest in obtaining jurisdiction of the property to further the CSU mission and benefit the surrounding communities.

The California Department of Finance (DOF) and the CSU entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MOU) to transfer jurisdiction of LDC to the CSU with certain stipulations and understandings. No State funds are to be appropriated for the transfer, operation, maintenance, or development of the property. However, the CSU may seek State funds in the form of grants, loans and financing available for the property. As part of the agreement, the CSU is to accommodate the real property needs of the Air Resources Board, the California Highway Patrol and the California Conservation Corps. Since the signing of the MOU, the Air Resources Board has made plans to relocate to the University of California, Riverside. Discussions are ongoing to identify a mutually agreeable land parcel for the Highway Patrol. The California Conservation Corps is currently being accommodated in a building on the LDC site.

The California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a separate MOU to assess the historical significance of the LDC site. The resulting study identified the property to be a historic district. SHPO has also determined that four buildings are individually eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. CSU is now undertaking pre-development planning in the context of the now known historical parameters. The purpose is to determine if the property can be productively developed to support CPP’s academic mission and provide benefit to the surrounding communities.

The pre-development process began during the past summer. CPP asked the Urban Land Institute’s Los Angeles District Council and Orange County/Inland Empire District Council to conduct a preliminary study of findings and recommendations for LDC site. ULI formed a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) comprised of experts from various disciplines related to land development to perform the study. The ULI report provides useful strategy and policy considerations that may be helpful during the pre-development and development phases of the Lanterman property.

The TAP recommended the creation of a CPP team to work with an external team of experts to perform the necessary due-diligence. President Coley appointed the following individuals to the CPP team: Benjamin Quillian, Retired Annuitant/Special Advisor to the President; Danielle Manning, Vice President for Administrative Affairs/Chief Financial Officer; Gary Hamilton, Chief of Staff for the President; Michael Woo, Dean of the College of Environmental Design; Walter Marquez, Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Management; Sandra Vaughan-Acton, the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Director of Real Estate Development; and Sadiq Shah, Associate Vice President of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. The CPP team reports directly to President Coley, works closely with the Office of the Chancellor, and communicates with stakeholders about the due diligence being performed during the pre-development phase. Assuming the decision is to move forward with the development phase of the Lanterman property, collaboration will be expanded to include active participation of students, faculty, staff and external constituents.

The real estate program management firm of Brailsford & Dunlavey has been engaged by Cal Poly Pomona to assist in the selection of an external team of experts and provide oversight of the work performed. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK), a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, was selected over three other finalists to lead a diverse team including: KPMG, Levin & Associates, BAE, EMG, Iskander Associates, Gresham Savage, KPFF, Linscott Law & Greenspan, and Terracon.

The HOK team brings experience and expertise in various areas, including: architecture; site design; redevelopment strategies; real estate and market analysis; traffic planning; building condition assessment; civil engineering; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; historical preservation; land use regulations; financial planning; and cost estimating.  The team, which will begin assessing the Lanterman property in January, will make recommendations to inform the University’s decision to move forward with development or relinquish jurisdiction of the property back to the California Department of Finance.  The deadline for a decision is September 1, 2017. The timeline below provides the schedule for the pre-development due diligence.

Task Item Scheduled Date
Kick-Off and Beginning of Analysis January 9, 2017
Completion of Phase I: Establish Objectives and Data Gathering February 28, 2017
Completion of Phase II: Concept Development March 31, 2017
Draft Report and Presentation of Plan and Recommendations to Cal Poly Pomona and Chancellor’s Office May 3, 2017
Final Report and Presentation of Plan and Recommendations June 16, 2017
Board of Trustees Presentation (By Cal Poly Pomona) July 18, 2017
Notification to California Department of Finance On or before
September 1, 2017