In my recent letter, I wrote about several problems related to the proposed Campus Crest development at Witham Oaks:

College housing, up to 800 beds, and up to 1,000 cars a day between Harrison and Witham Hill. I could tell you about falling balconies, clear-cut trees, sexual harassment cases, broken promises and unpaid liens, in connection with Campus Crest. I could also tell you about decisions by responsible city governments to change their minds and back out of such poorly designed developments. It took local citizens to stand up to their elected officials and say, “No! This is not the quality of life we choose for our community!”

Or, you could go online and read about Campus Crest for yourself, then let our city planners know that this land use proposal is a bad idea.

It was troubling to have a 200-plus single-family home development proposed for this site. Heavy sighs of relief could be heard across the open spaces when bankruptcy was declared. We are left with a road, Circle Boulevard, that the city of Corvallis is determined to see expanded from Witham Hill to Harrison Boulevard — far too much traffic to manage! Tax revenues are sorely needed, but I urge you to ask yourself, “Is this the way we, the citizens, want to see this property developed?”

Our leaders must take a long, hard look at what is at stake and say, “No!” to a proposed zoning change by Campus Crest. Our city owes us a much cleaner future.

Carolyn Simmons, Corvallis

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