THE STORY: Campus Crest, a North Carolina student housing developer, has an option to buy the Witham Oaks property on Northwest Harrison Boulevard and has announced plans to build apartments on 25 acres of the site, with the remaining 70 to be preserved as open space. In December the company filed a request with the city to change the zoning from low-density residential to high-density residential and amend the comprehensive plan accordingly. The developer plans to build about 300 apartments on the site with a total of roughly 800 bedrooms.

THE LATEST: Campus Crest filed final revisions of its land use applications on June 18, beating the deadline by one day. The city has ruled those applications complete, but the company has told planners it also intends to file conceptual and detailed development plans for the project so they can be considered concurrently with the zone change request. City planners are now waiting for the chance to review those plans. Once that process is complete, a date will be set for a public hearing before the Corvallis Planning Commission.

- Bennett Hall

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