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|Student Housing No Longer On City Council Agenda For Final Vote
|The Galesburg City Council Monday night will no longer take a vote on what has become a controversial issue in recent months: the building of housing for Carl Sandburg College Students.
Aldermen this evening were to consider the proposed-rezoning of the land the complex will be built on by Quad Cities-based Oxbow Development: the former Regency hotel on North Henderson Street.
However, the city said late this morning that Oxbow Development requested changes to the redevelopers agreement late last week, and Mayor Sal Garza says a determination was made that there wouldn't be enough time to review the changes before Monday night. So, it's expected to be taken up October 3rd.
Residents have spoken out at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting where the proposal was first approved, and at a city council meeting two weeks ago, but there was said to be sparse attendance at a public forum on the proposal at Carl Sandburg College last week.
Some residents don't want the 144-bed complex in their backyard, and claim that the property will end up becoming low-income housing when not enough students sign up to live in it. That's something Oxbow Development has said repeatedly will never happen.
But some residents are in favor of the complex. Others still are concerned about its proximity to South Lake Storey Road, the scene of what neighbors say have been plenty of car-versus-pedestrian accidents over the years.
The Galesburg City Council will still meet at 6:30 Monday night inside Council Chambers at Galesburg City Hall.
|09 19 11 by Newsroom
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