May 21, 2014 5:08 PM by KSBY Staff
The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to approve a new student housing project at Cal Poly and its environmental impact report.
The new dorms would house approximately 1,500 first year students. It would be built at the Grand Avenue campus entrance.
The proposed location faced opposition from some neighbors who worried there would be more noise, late-night partying, vandalism, and increased traffic.
Cal Poly released the following statement on Wednesday:
"We are pleased that the CSU Board of Trustees has approved our First-Year Student Housing South project and its environmental impact report. This project is essential in meeting an existing demand for student housing on campus, and it is a positive and necessary step in our broader vision of becoming a predominantly residential campus and creating a more vibrant living community at Cal Poly.
We are confident this culture change will have positive impacts on and off campus. We know that housing students on campus will give them a greater chance at academic success. We also believe this approach will help maintain positive relations between the university and our community.
With the trustees' approval, we are eager to proceed with final planning and begin construction on Housing South, with an eye toward opening this new residential complex in Fall 2018.
As well, we are eager to enhance our engagement with our local partners - both as we carry this project to fruition and in our broader planning efforts to determine how Cal Poly will develop over the next few years and decades. Specifically, we are eager to continue dialog with the city and neighbors to seek their input on an ongoing basis and discuss ideas to enhance neighborhood wellness.
Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. We are essential to each other's continued success. Cal Poly values the input of our neighbors and city leaders, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that the campus and community continue to grow together, positively impact one another and remain the vibrant place we all love and call home."
The University hopes to break ground next year and finish the project by 2018.
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