KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Many people are not happy about a proposed off-campus student dormitory planned for the Puget Neighborhood.
Developer Ambling University Development Group of Georgia has submitted an application to build a 576-room dormitory for students on a vacant plot between Puget and Nevada streets.
The company is not affiliated with Western Washington University or any other school.
Puget Neighborhood Association President Gaythia Weiss says they have sent a letter to the City of Bellingham expressing their issues with the project.
The project is intended for students, but Weiss says the Fair Housing Act would prohibit the developer from keeping others out, making the limit of one adult per room impossible.
Neighbors fear too many people would be crowded into the area, along with their cars.
The project designates parking spaces for only 75 percent of the rooms.
A public meeting is being held tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Bellingham City Hall to discuss the proposed dormitory.