Orange Coast College opened its doors in 1948, when a loaf of bread cost around 10 cents and the Costa Mesa campus served 500 students.
But enrollment has swelled to around 22,000 today, and college officials are planning for continued growth with a development blueprint called Vision 2020.
Nearby residents who spoke at a community meeting led by OCC administrators Thursday night indicated they don’t love the vision. The plan, the subject of an ongoing environmental review, calls for several new buildings, including student dorms, a hotel, a four-story parking structure, a planetarium, and a math, business and computing center. The construction would take place over the next decade or longer.