Nov 7, 2013 1:43 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Neighbors near Cal Poly concerned about university's plan to build new dorm facility

Cal Poly has plans to build a new dorm complex on campus for about 1,400 students. The university said it wants to provide more housing opportunities for its students, especially freshman. On Wednesday night, the university held a form to get input from the community on what impact it would have on the school and on neighboring residents.

Cal Poly said they plan on building the dorm-room style housing facility on the corner of Grand Avenue and Slack Street, near the University entrance. There is currently a large surface parking lot in that space.

But, people who live in that area said they are concerned about how more students would affect the neighborhood. Many residents spoke at the forum and said students already pour into the streets at night, often drunk and disrespectful. Some neighbors said students take up parking spots in the front of their houses instead of parking on campus. They said to have a new housing project on the corner of Grand Ave. And Slack St. is just too close to residential properties. However, most neighbors agree on and support the need for more housing for the growing enrollment at Cal Poly. They said, they just want it somewhere else on the sprawling campus.

"Back in the canyons where they've put the other housing basically. And that would be much deeper into the campus and therefore the sort of the ranging about on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in search of drinking parties would be less of an influence than it would be if it was on the corner of our street," said Joe Arsenio, a San Luis Obispo resident who lives near campus.

Stan Nosek, the interim Vice President for Administration and Finance said, "Where we go from here is, as I mentioned towards the end of the meeting, I think we are at the point now where we've heard a number of questions that I believe the community needs better answers from us for."

Cal Poly said the new housing project would provide two students per room, group bathrooms, communal study spaces, a coffee shop, and a welcome center. They also plan on building a 300-car general parking garage on the proposed site. The school said their goal is to increase the number of students, especially first-year students, to live on campus. They said right now, about 30% of students live on campus.

Any plan has to be approved by the Cal State University Board of Trustees. Construction on the site could begin in late 2015.



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