BOONE — The UNC system Board of Governors on Sept. 9 approved millennial campus designation for an 87.96-acre area of Appalachian State University that includes Kidd Brewer Stadium and a number of west campus residence halls.
Millennial campus designation gives state universities the flexibility to enter into agreements with private sector firms to develop the properties.
ASU already has designated millennial campus areas at the former Broyhill Inn property and surrounding area as well as the site of the future College of Health Sciences building near Watauga Medical Center.
At an Aug. 29 town hall about potential public-private partnerships (P3s) at ASU, campus leaders emphasized that no specific plans are in place for a P3 project at this time.
But they mentioned concepts for the stadium area, which included parking facilities, new roads, residence halls, a faculty club and a mixed-use redevelopment of the stadium’s north endzone to include retail space, food retail and a medical orthopedics training center with conference rooms and classrooms. Past concepts for the endzone expansion have also included expanded stadium seating and student housing.
The chancellor and vice chancellors emphasized at the town hall meeting that ASU is not considering privatization of campus services at this time.