|Appalachian State University Gorillas?|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:06|
One of the most talked about topics was Appalachian State’s request to rezone an area of their property from Single-Family Residential to University District, at the Boone Town Council and Planning Commission’s public hearing Thursday night.
According to Greg Lovins, A university spokesperson, the school wanted to rezone the parcel of land on Bodenheimer Driver in order to build a student-housing complex. Lovins explained it is ASU’s goal to house 40% of the undergraduate student body on campus and a new facility would greatly help them attain the goal.
According to Lovins, the university was requesting a zone change so that they could construct a complex three-to-four stories tall, much like University Highlands, but on a much smaller scale.
Many residents from neighboring communities like Poplar Grove and the Homespun Hill area spoke at the hearing. Most residents expressed concerns of light and noise pollution, water runoff, an increase in traffic, and a possible decrease in property value.
There were other residents who didn’t seem to necessarily oppose the rezoning of the land, but wanted better communication between the university and the community. One Poplar Grove resident even called ASU a 500-pound Gorilla, but then said that it was, “a good gorilla.” That resident said that he liked the university and believes it is doing great things for the community, but would like to see increased communication from them and a plan for the construction before they continue.
The Town of Boone Planning Commission will discuss the issue further on Monday and then make a recommendation to the Town Council. The council will vote on the issue next Thursday.
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