I want to inform you of our position on the latest proposal to develop the Witham Oaks property opposite the OSU cow barns on Harrison.

The mission of Friends of Witham Oaks is to raise money to purchase the roughly 90 acres so that it will be maintained as publicly accessible open space, protecting the open spaces, wetlands, and OSU agricultural research lands.

Our board of directors met with Campus Crest developers, who have a contract to buy the property. They indicated that they want to build student housing but spoke only in the most general terms about their plans. We did not make any agreements with them.

Our mission continues unchanged. Watch www.withamoaks.org for notices and plan to attend the neighborhood meetings where the developer will reveal plans.

John Foster, President FOWO, Corvallis

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