Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Olive trees along Mission Blvd. and Olive Lane preserved?
When the board sought for inputs from the community, one of the concerns was the olive trees. Thus, when the board went out to solicit developers for the project, one of the requirements is to preserve the Olive Trees. There are 453 Olive trees on our campus and 68 of those are in poor health and will likely need to be removed. All healthy Olive trees will be preserved to their current location. The property development will start roughly 60 feet from Mission Blvd. to preserve the current location of the Olive trees along Mission Blvd. and along Olive Tree Lane traversing the Ohlone College Fremont campus.
Is there no need for student housing?
Ohlone College is one of the 21 Colleges in the Bay Area (Ohlone, San Jose City, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, De Anza, West Valley, Mission, San Francisco, Canada, San Mateo, Skyline, Marin, Chabot, Las Positas, Diablo Valley, Contra Costa, Los Medanos, Berkeley City, Alameda, Merritt, and Laney). 39% of our student population is full time because our part-time students choose to take less classes, work while taking classes, or take other classes from other nearby colleges. This is why we are considered a commuting campus.
However, with the proposed frontage property, students can rent the apartment units, at market rate, if they wish to live nearby. Our international students constitute a small fraction of our overall student population. If the students and their parents are interested in leasing an apartment in the proposed frontage property development, they are absolutely welcome to do so at market rates.
Are there low cost units in the proposed development?
The proposed frontage property development includes 20 housing units at below market rates for seniors (10) and for Ohlone College faculty and staff (10). This is inclusive of whatever the number of low-cost units required by the City of Fremont as the project goes through the approval and permitting process. The proposed development also includes open spaces and parks.
Is there no educational use of the frontage property of the College?
Majority of Ohlone College classes are conducted at the Fremont campus. When the College decided to build a second campus, 11% of our enrollment was shifted from Fremont to Newark. That decision helped decongest traffic along Mission Blvd. by around 2,700 commuters. If there is a need to expand or increase class offerings, there is an opportunity to offer them at the Newark Center because it is still not at full capacity.