Cal Poly asking for public comment on proposed dorm project

nwilson@thetribunenews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Here's a rendering of the proposed student housing project at Cal Poly.

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The public has until March 31 to comment on a recirculation of a draft report on Cal Poly’s proposed dormitory at the entrance of Grand Avenue.

The university has recirculated the draft environmental impact report of its controversial plans to built a dorm of about 1,430 beds at a site that is now two large surface parking lots at Grand Avenue and Slack Street.

A full draft EIR — outlining the project — was released in late November.

After public forums in November and December, some neighbors of the project site objected to its location, citing impacts of noise and trash.

Concerns included that hundreds of more students living nearby would lead to more partying in their neighborhood.

Cal Poly initially considered more than six sites on campus as possible locations for the project.

After the forums, the university reviewed the alternate sites and examined two new ones, ultimately deciding the Grand Avenue spot was the best location to keep students clustered in one area, among other considerations.

The draft EIR is available online at http://afd.calpoly.edu/facilities/facp_index.asp and at the Kennedy Library on campus and the City/County Library in San Luis Obispo, according to the university.

Written comments may be sent to environmental consultant Nicole Carter at ncarter@swca.com or SWCA Environmental Consultants, 1422 Monterey St., C200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

All comments received in the first public comment period and in this latest recirculation period will be addressed by the university in the final EIR.

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