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Corvallis bicycle advocate Dave Toler rides on the bike path between Harrison and Circle in February. The city now says that the closure of the path, required by cionstruction of the College Crest student housing development, might be limited to just the summer months.

Here is a look at updates on stories we have been pursuing:

College Crest development

The story: Corvue Holdings, a privately held national real estate and development company that specializes in "purpose-built student housing," is planning to build the College Crest development in the Witham Oaks area of Corvallis. The 800-tenant complex will be built on 25 acres of land north of Harrison Boulevard and west of 36th Street.

The latest: City officials say that the permitting process is moving forward and that construction might begin in the next few weeks. Aaron Manley, development review supervisor in the Public Works Department, said that the developer is working through a few remaining permit items for the public infrastructure the project requires. Kevin Russell, the city’s development services manager said that his office still is processing the applications to allow grading and building foundations on the site. Corvue has notified neighbors that it plans to close the multiuse path that runs from Circle Boulevard to Harrison for perhaps as many as 18 months during construction of the extension of Circle. However, Paul Bilotta, community development director, told residents at Thursday’s Ward 6 meeting that after further discussions with Corvue, the closure might be limited to just the summer months.

James Day

Verizon cell tower

The story: A major cellular firm is once again looking to place a tower on the Corvallis Foursquare Church property adjacent to Porter Park in Corvallis. Verizon submitted an application in 2016 but pulled it around the first of the year in 2017 to rework the proposal. Another application has been submitted.

The latest: Community Development Director Paul Bilotta told a Ward 6 meeting Thursday that the new application is being reviewed by city staff, but it has not yet been deemed complete. As a result the the city cannot schedule the public hearing that is required because of the conditional use permit the church needs to host the tower. Bilotta noted that because the tower is on church property it limits what city staff or the City Council can do to prevent the project from going forward. Neighbors have questioned the plan because of its height, 66 feet, and have challenged whether Verizon has proven that such a tower is necessary for its local cell coverage.

James Day


Peavy Hall

The story: On March 14, a massive cross-laminated timber panel gave way and fell at the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, an 80,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building under construction at Oregon State University. No one was injured when the 4-foot-by-20-foot section of subflooring fell after reportedly delaminating at one end.

The latest: OSU hired Seattle-based KPFF Consulting Engineers and Benchmark International of Eugene to analyze what caused the CLT panel to fail. The consultants' report, which was initially expected by April 6, is taking longer than expected. After saying the document should be finished by the end of last week, university officials have once again revised their estimate and now say it should be ready by the end of this week.

Bennett Hall

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Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald