Oregon State says it’s willing to work with city planners as the student population leaps forward. Sounds great. However, the 2020 plan, already in place by the city, does not account for large increases in numbers of students at Oregon State, and so it already is not viable for the long term.
As Oregon State grows, student housing must have in place specific standards (adequate parking near campus, proximity to campus), so that students can walk or bike to their classes and events and to shops and services, without the need to drive a car. The university must take responsibility to meet these standards for its students.
The choice of the Witham Oaks site for student housing is wrong in regard to every standard.
Cars will be required for everything: Campus parking, access to shopping and services, along with a predicted increase of 1,000 cars per day between Witham Hill and Harrison Boulevard. It is difficult to imagine the negative consequences of such a traffic swell.
The development proposal by Campus Crest is filled with Carolyn Simmonsroblems and sends up red flags to us, the citizens of this beautiful city and valley. It will require another letter to address these issues.
Let your city planners know that you do not support this irresponsible and grossly misplaced plan!
Carolyn Simmons, Corvallis