A huge topic we need to discuss is LAND. We met with Tranquada (Oxy PR guy) and he (as well as some other people from facilities and long-term planning) thought a better land option might be the lawn outside of Booth. Here are some pros and cons of each:
Avenue 50 site:
Pros: The land is big and we would have room for fruit trees, a gazebo and expansion. The land is already fenced in so we wouldn't need to build a fence. The soil is already in good condition.
Cons: Threat of ground squirrels. In the long-term, faculty housing will be built there. Less central to campus.
Pros: More central to campus. Ground squirrel situation taken care of. There is a toolshed there already. Irrigation would probably be easier to set up.
Cons: We would need to build a fence. Much smaller (about a quarter of the size of Ave. 50 site) which means little or no fruit orchard, less possibility of a chicken coop, less room for future expansion. The grass that grows there now will be very hard to eradicate-- making it hard to plant this season. We will most likely need to bring in outside soil.
I'm sure there are a lot more pros and cons to both sites and we should discuss them at the meetings. See you on Thursday!
POSTED BY ELISSA CHANDLER