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COD’s scaled-down campus plan is ‘baffling’

We, the Palm Springs City Council, are very concerned that College of the Desert is not living up to its commitment to Coachella Valley students.

It’s been a long road since the first bond measure was passed in 2004. The campus was originally to be built on a 119-acre parcel in north Palm Springs — land purchased and donated to the college by Palm Springs. In 2014, COD scrapped those plans and announced plans to build on the Palm Springs Mall site. Both sites remain vacant land today.

The campus schematic design was 50% complete when COD abruptly halted work over a year ago without informing the public or discussing it at a public meeting of the COD Board of Directors. COD superintendent/president Martha Garcia said work had to be stopped because no feasibility study had been done, only to find out from The Desert Sun that a feasibility study had in fact been completed. Dr. Garcia went on to say that an updated feasibility study needed to be done before making any decisions about the campus.

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