You’ve seen the cranes in the air and the non-stop groundbreaking ceremony photos – there’s most definitely a development boom in Downtown Long Beach. At an event today hosted by the Long Beach Business Journal, Mayor Robert Garcia announced conceptual plans for a new California State University, Long Beach student village in the heart of the City.

“Long Beach is quickly becoming a model city for strategic development that supports a more livable, innovative and sustainable future,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “The proposed CSULB student village is a home run for the City and the university. Student and faculty housing will activate our Downtown Core with new economic opportunities and academic partnerships.”

The student living-learning community would consist of student residency, the University Art Museum, and a new University Innovation Center with classrooms and labs.

“The location, innovation, diversity and vibrancy of the City mirror our own aspirations as a University. Developing the Downtown as a place where our students, staff and faculty live along with offering art, learning experiences and other campus cultural events in Downtown Long Beach, is an additional way for us to add to the natural synergies we already have,” said CSULB President Jane Conoley. “We are already close partners in education and hope to add more of our most precious asset, our people, to the Downtown renaissance. We are better and stronger together.”

You can see an interactive map to explore the development in DTLB here.