Residents against student housing development

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 12/17 2013 05:52PM

Updated 12/18 2013 10:11AM

CHAMPAIGN -- People in the 5th and Hill neighborhood don't want student housing built near their homes. They say new housing will add unwanted traffic, raise the cost of living and take away the "flavor" of the neighborhood. Tuesday, they held a meeting to voice their concerns.

The project is called the Latitude Planned Development. It includes building four apartments; two on University Avenue and two on Park Street. They'll all be at least five stories tall with about 334 rooms to house more than 500 students. The plan also includes four new parking lots.

People say they're a tight-knit community and they worry all the extra people and traffic will ruin that. Neighbors say they're not against redevelopment in the area, they just don't like this idea. They say the buildings are too large and aren't consistent with the look and feel of the area.

Wednesday, the City of Champaign is holding a public hearing on the proposed development to discuss plans. The 5th and Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign plans to be there as well to voice its concerns.

Public Hearing on Proposed Development
Wednesday, 4 pm
City Council Chambers
City Building
Champaign

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