The 2014 master plan update for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) builds upon a legacy of over 30 years of planning at the university, including the 1995 and 2007 master plans completed by Sasaki. The 2007 master plan guided infill development at the core of the campus and the regeneration of the Quad, a 1920s residence hall complex that is one of the most memorable open spaces on campus. The 2014 plan update assesses campus development, recent planning studies, ongoing land acquisition, and infrastructure connections to help the university grow in a thoughtful, coordinated manner—both within and beyond current campus boundaries. A key driver of the plan is the expansion of the campus into a former industrial and commercial zone to the south of the existing campus, the West Lee Street district. Sasaki's work provides a framework for this expansion, creating a vibrant mixed-use district that retains the unique character and identity of the campus core, addresses concerns of adjacent neighborhoods, and meets planning objectives articulated by the City of Greensboro.
The West Lee Street district will include student housing, retail, restaurants, and a campus recreation center. The recreation center is an anchor for student activity and is positioned to draw students from the core campus to the expansion district. Housing proposed for district directly responds to the strategic housing goal of the university: to provide quality housing options for students throughout their academic career at UNCG. To that end, the traditional undergraduate experience is concentrated on the established campus and a variety independent apartment living options are proposed in the Spartan Village complex along Lee Street. Spartan Village is designed to contribute to an emerging urban district featuring ground floor retail and restaurants and an improved streetscape that is consistent with the urban design objectives of the city. A supermarket is planned to serve UNCG students as well as the adjacent neighborhood to the south.
The plan also defines a student life corridor to connect the existing campus with the expansion zone with the goal of improving the campus experience for both resident and commuter students. This north-south corridor connects the undergraduate housing on the north side of the campus and the library, student union, and student services building to the mixed-use amenities and the recreation center proposed for the West Lee Street district. It includes a new underpass beneath a railway separating West Lee Street from the existing campus. The corridor also provides a major landscape spine, linking Peabody Park on the north end of the campus to existing wooded areas on the south. It provides a shaded route through the heart of the campus for both pedestrians and cyclists.