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Corvallis City Council rejects plans for new OSU dorm

The City Council voted 4-3 to deny the Land-use application.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 6:47 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Corvallis City Council rejected a land-use application from Oregon State University for a new dorm near the intersection of Ninth Street and Monroe Avenue on Monday, city leaders said.

The council voted 4-3 to deny the application. Mayor Biff Traber said they still need to finalize the decision and do formal findings. He said that meeting will take place on Aug. 19 and they will need a unanimous decision.

OSU spokesman Steve Clark said the dorm would be for upperclassmen and graduate students only. He said the dorm would be able to house 288 students and include a parking lot. 

"We're disappointed with the city council's decision," Clark said. "We've worked for several years to advance this project, not only with the community but the city council."

Ron Marek works blocks away from the proposed location. He said the dorm would hurt the neighborhood and doesn't want to lose the green space that is currently there.

"There is no point in having this neighborhood decline as a result of a dormitory, which is essentially like a wall blocking the university from downtown Corvallis," Marek said.

Clark said OSU has already spent between $3.5 million and $4 million planning the project. He said they are in need of more housing, and the dorm could help lower housing costs around the city.

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