Frequently Asked Questions

What is the City of Hope Campus Plan?

The City of Hope Campus Plan is a proposal to guide the long-term development and improvement of our home campus in Duarte and Irwindale over the next 20 years. The Campus Plan calls for a wide range of enhancements to meet City of Hope’s evolving needs, including modernized inpatient, outpatient and research areas, as well as improved traffic circulation, new office space, additional parking and overnight lodging to accommodate patients’ families. The Campus Plan is also designed to improve the patient and visitor experience by creating a more convenient, compact and walkable campus, while at the same time creating new jobs, generating local investment, and stimulating economic activity.

Overall, the Campus Plan is a thoughtful and cohesive vision to help us continue meeting our commitment to transform the future of medicine, while continuing to be a great neighbor and community member here at home.

How was the Campus Plan developed?

The Campus Plan was developed over a period of several years, which included a comprehensive analysis of City of Hope’s current and future needs. This inclusive process included discussions and consultation with our medical experts as well as our Board of Trustees, local city leaders, community members and other stakeholders. The plan itself has been designed by Gensler, a well-respected design firm.

Does the Campus Plan call for new buildings outside City of Hope’s boundaries?

No, the Campus Plan does not include any new buildings outside City of Hope’s current boundaries. The Campus Plan is focused within the borders of our approximately 110-acre property. The majority of new construction is proposed to take place within the central core of our campus, where we also plan to replace some obsolete or outdated facilities. The full buildout of the Campus Plan will enable City of Hope’s existing building area to increase from approximately 1.6 million gross square feet currently to a maximum of approximately 2.6 million gross square feet – a net increase of approximately 1 million gross square feet.

When will work begin on the Campus Plan?

The Campus Plan is designed as a long-term blueprint to be carried out in multiple phases, giving City of Hope the flexibility to respond to changing demands in medical research and patient service, as well as market conditions and funding opportunities. The specific siting, sequence, and timing of campus improvements have not been determined, though some currently needed facilities – such as a parking structure on the east side of campus – are expected to be developed in about a year. Ultimately, the timing of each development project will be based on City of Hope’s programmatic needs and its ability to secure funding, including through fundraising and other means. Overall, the Campus Plan anticipates a gradual modernization of the campus over 20 years, as specific needs and funding opportunities arise.

What measures are included to minimize impacts on City of Hope’s neighbors?

City of Hope remains committed to being a great neighbor in Duarte and Irwindale. The Campus Plan is designed to consolidate our core operations toward the center of campus, away from neighbors. This will mitigate noise and increase open space areas around the periphery of campus. Lush landscape buffers are proposed between campus and residences along City of Hope’s western border, providing additional privacy for neighbors and creating a permanent setback from campus uses. Open spaces are also envisioned throughout the campus that will feature beautifully landscaped walkways. In addition, two new parking locations containing nearly 3,000 parking spaces are proposed to help meet campus parking demands without impacting the adjacent neighborhood.

What are some of the public benefits to come from the Campus Plan?  

The Campus Plan calls for maintaining our campus as a unique hub of civic and community activity. Our assembly and open space areas will continue to be used for public functions, and the plan includes the preservation of our historic gardens, the Cooper Auditorium, Visitor Center, the Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Family Pavilion, and the historic La Kretz House of Hope. City of Hope deeply values our relationships with surrounding residents and neighbors, and we believe the Campus Plan will enable these ties to grow even stronger.

The planned investment in our campus will also generate significant economic benefits in the form of additional jobs, many of them in the high-paying fields of medicine, technology and medical research and development. Construction activities will also create a large number of jobs. Plus, our location near bus lines and the upcoming Gold Line Metro station means that many workers and visitors would be able to travel to our campus without relying on a car.

Does the Campus Plan include measures to conserve water?

Yes – conserving water is a critical priority for City of Hope during this historic drought. All development will be subject to the City of Duarte’s Sustainable Development Practices, which include water-efficient landscaping, public education to promote water efficiency, and steps to minimize urban runoff, such as the use of permeable materials when possible. In addition, the Campus Plan proposes a variety of best practices to promote stormwater retention, including development of a new bioretention facility to capture and filter stormwater.

The Public Review Process

What is the process for the City of Hope Campus Plan to be approved?

The environmental and administrative review process is designed to be transparent, open and inclusive. We welcome public dialogue on our proposed plan.

As with all projects in the state of this scope, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared before the Campus Plan can be approved. Recently, City of Hope initiated the environmental review process by filing an application with the City of Duarte. The next step in the process will include a public informational meeting about the project called a scoping meeting. Months later, the City of Duarte will release a draft EIR, which will identify and evaluate any potentially significant environmental effects and possible mitigation measures. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the report before it is finalized.

Does this require approvals from the City of Duarte and Irwindale?

Yes. City of Hope’s campus spans both cities’ boundaries, so the project requires the approval of both the City of Duarte and the City of Irwindale.

How long is the review and approval process expected to take?

The process is led by the City of Duarte. Based on the progression of the environmental review process, we expect the process to take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

Will the community and the public have the opportunity to be involved in the review process?

Yes. The EIR process is designed to provide public information about the proposal and to elicit input from the community. City of Hope will also host numerous community meetings on our Campus Plan to hear feedback from local residents and other community stakeholders. In addition, we will hold meetings with a variety of local neighborhood groups, community groups and business organizations. The City of Hope Campus Plan website will also be updated with information about upcoming meetings and events.

How can I learn more about the City of Hope Campus Plan?

You can learn more about the City of Hope Campus Plan by visiting our website at CityofHopeCampusPlan.com or emailing campusplan@coh.org.