|New ASU Housing Facility Clears First Hurdle|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Monday, 18 August 2008 16:59|
One of the most heated topics on the agenda at the Boone Area Planning Commission's meeting Monday night was whether or not to advise the Boone Town Council to rezone a 14-acre parcel of land owned by Appalachian State on Bodenheimer Drive from Single-Family Residential to University District.
The university plans on building a new on-campus housing facility that will house roughly 300 upperclassmen ASU students on the property.
The Commission discussed the issue for over two hours and after speaking with many university officials, decided they would advise the council to approve the rezoning of ASU's land with the condition that the university fully engaged the surrounding neighborhood with the planning process and would give their concerns careful consideration.
Commissioner Mary "Bo" Bolick is an instructor at App State and had a unique perspective. She told her peers that Appalachian is growing, and they will request something else from the Town sooner or later. Bolick explained that if the university messes this up, the Town will remember. Bolick along with most of the commissioners agreed it was time to trust ASU.
The Commission passed the approval with a 9-2 vote and the Boone Town Council will officially vote on the issue at their monthly meeting Thursday night.
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