To the editor:
Over the months there have been many articles about the proposed 664-bed, 99 units/acre, 5-story student housing development by Core Campus LLC (Chicago, IL).
First of all, it's called Hub on Campus Flagstaff. Well, we know it's not "on campus." Is the developer hoping to employ marketing sleight-of-hand to prospective student tenants and their parents? However, “on campus” is really where it belongs.
But why is there such opposition to this one project? Quite simply put, it does not belong on Mikes Pike in a historic area of one- to two-story structures. It’s the wrong location; yet, this developer is trying to shoehorn it into an area already stressed by nightmare traffic and a lack of parking. Quite frankly, this project does not meet the criteria of our own Regional Plan or Zoning Code.
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However, let’s take an inventory of the disapproval of the Hub “on Campus.. There are over 1,400 signers to an online petition in opposition; 1,572 views of two short videos in opposition; 144 written and spoken comments over multiple hours of public testimony at P&Z meetings in opposition; multiple hours of public testimony at Council meetings in opposition (I was there for them all!); conservatively a couple dozen direct comment cards and emails provided directly to Council in opposition.
Yet, in the face of this opposition, some members of Council insist it fits and serves the public interest and welfare. I, respectfully, disagree.