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City Council Approves Campus Crest

Campus CrestCORVALLIS, Ore. — The Corvallis City Council approved the rest of the Campus Crest proposal Monday night, which would allow for building a student housing complex on Witham Hill between Harrison Boulevard and Circle Boulevard.

In January, the Council approved a zone change and a comprehensive plan amendment change for the 900-bedroom complex, but held off on voting on the plan development and subdivision request until Monday night, after the group had heard back from the Planning Commission with recommendations for approval.

Mike Beilstein, Ward 5 Councilor, says the development site is a step in the right direction.

“The lack of overall housing and the lack of student housing is affecting all communities and affecting neighborhoods throughout the city,” he said.

Penny York, Ward 1 Councilor, argues despite the effort that was put into the project, she still doesn’t see it as something that brings more benefits than disadvantages to the community. She and several other councilors expressed concern about the future of the open space during the meeting.

“I don’t think this is a good project,” she said. “I don’t think the conditions go far enough to make it a good project.”

Next on the agenda, city staff will return the formal findings to the council before the deal is finalized.

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