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Neighborhood ordinance may stifle new frats, co-ops

The Daily Texan
Published 26 Oct 2011 at 4:42 AM
By Allie Kolechta

An ordinance being considered by Austin City Council aims to place restrictions on the creation of cooperatives and Greek-style “group housing” in areas of North Campus.

University Area Partners — the neighborhood association which controls the West Campus area — considered a proposed zoning overlay district at a meeting Tuesday afternoon. The district would create limitations on building “group housing” in the parts of UAP that lie north of Dean Keeton Street. Group housing includes fraternities, sororities and cooperative housing.

The proposed district has been discussed among other neighborhood associations in the area, as well, and would affect the area that lies outside the University Neighborhood Overlay, where high density is desired, said Cathy Norman, a member of UAP. Much of the support for zoning overlay districts comes from single-family homeowners who don’t appreciate all that comes with living by a fraternity or co-op housing, she said.

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AU neighbors raise objections to East Campus plan

By Paige Jones, Eagle Staff Writer
October 25, 2011

Six neighborhood groups said they will reject the AU Campus Plan until the University and community can overcome “objectionable conditions.”

The conditions raised during the D.C. Zoning Commission hearing on Oct. 13 include:

• Instituting a cap on both AU student and faculty populations,

• Reduce the East Campus plan density and the number of dorms

• Reduce the height of North Hall

• Move South Hall, behind Centennial, to a new site

• Move new housing to the interior of campus, such as the amphitheater

• Reduce the size of the Beeghley addition

• Enforce effective noise control on campus

• Provide effective landscaping screening from neighbors

• Reduce size, mass and traffic of the proposed Washington College of Law in Tenleytown

East Campus objections

The Westover Place Homes Corporation president said East Campus should be altered so no building is taller than three stories and a sufficient buffer should exist with 100 feet between campus and the neighborhood.

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ST. PAUL NOTES | Student housing moratorium?

October 26, 2011

Drunken students with loud parties. Stick-in-the-mud old folks who want to have lights out at 10 p.m. Merriam Park and Mac-Groveland have seen the town versus gown conflict play out year after year. This year’s battleground is in City Hall, where a moratorium on the conversion of single-family homes to student housing is under consideration.

In August, the city council passed a temporary moratorium on conversion of owner-occupied homes in the area (see map) to rental properties. (It’s a little more complicated than that, so if you want the exact wording, see the sidebar.) The moratorium will expire at the end of a year, at the latest. While it’s in place, city staff are studying whether any permanent zoning changes should be made and, if so, what they might look like.

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Crimes target ND students

Northeast neighborhood residents advised to keep guard up

South Bend Tribune Staff Writer
9:17 p.m. EDT, October 26, 2011

SOUTH BEND – There is rising concern about the number of recent crimes targeting local college students.

Most of the cases have occurred in the city’s northeast neighborhood and involve University of Notre Dame students as victims.

Since mid-August, there have been two armed home invasions of student houses, one carjacking/robbery of a student, at least five student homes burglarized and three cases of student robberies, including two at gunpoint. In most cases, computers, TVs, other electronics and cash have been taken.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old Notre Dame food services employee was shot in Leeper Park while walking home from campus. A suspect, Dimetris Johnson, 18, was arrested and charged in the case.

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Neighbors near RIT say it’s like living across the street from a college dorm

Posted at: 10/18/2011 5:27 PM | Updated at: 10/18/2011 8:23 PM
By: Ray Levato |

Neighbors near RIT say it’s like living across the street from a college dorm.

The Town of Henrietta is considering a resolution that would change the definition of what is considered a family. This is in response to complaints that a local landlord is cramming students into what are normally single-family houses near campus.

One landlord — Michael Spaan — tells News 10NBC he hasn’t done anything wrong and no one can stop people from renting their homes out.

But the town intends to follow a similar ordinance in Brockport to say that a family cannot be more than three unrelated people living together.

The town says the landlord owns 22 houses off East River Road and is renting them out to students. Neighbors say it’s destroying the residential character of where they live by packing as many as six students in a house.

Cars are double parked out front and sometimes on the grass and that’s not all.

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The Heights: Back to School

Posted by dhaupert March 3rd, 2010, 10:30 am

This week our travels took us very close – actually, across the street – to last week’s CUF neighborhood. Today we’re in The Heights.

Now, depending on who you talk to, and what maps (and signs) you read, the University Heights area lays claim to this geographic area. But we’re going on good authority that The Heights is indeed its very own, bona-fide Cincinnati neighborhood.

Like CUF, the residential areas of the The Heights are very much skewed to student rentals/housing. There are lots of houses turned multi unit apartments, and very little off-street parking.

The jewel of The Heights is The University of Cincinnati, with its west and east campuses taking up the lion’s share of real estate in the neighborhood. UC was founded in 1819 and, we were surprised to learn, is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region, with an economic impact of more than $3 billion.


BLOG: Is that noise necessary?

Posted on March 07, 2010
Tags: college town, neighbor, noise ordinance

By JessicaBarba

With the new noise ordinance being enforced, many students I’ve  interviewed said they felt they have become a target for police. A common opinion was that this is a college town and that older working residents should know what to expect living amongst students or driving Hathway on a Friday night. A young woman pointed out that we already contribute to much of the economy here and the new fines are just a new ploy to shake pennies from students’ pockets. Another person even went so far as to say the whole Madonna area should be devoted to elderly residents and families and all the homes near downtown and campus should be devoted to student housing.

While I do agree that a certain atmosphere is to be expected from living in a college town, I’m  personally confused as to where the line should be drawn. The number of noise complaints have actually decreased in the past year, so I wonder, why the stricter ordinance?

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RANCHO BERNARDO: College’s purchase of RB site worries neighbors

By ANDREA MOSS – | Posted: July 1, 2010 7:53 pm

A group of Rancho Bernardo residents is speaking out against Palomar College’s purchase of property in their neighborhood, saying a campus there would increase traffic congestion and create other problems in the area.
Palomar officials announced last month that the college was buying a 27-acre site at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road.
On Thursday, college spokeswoman Laura Gropen said the $38.3 million purchase was completed Wednesday.
The property is just west of Interstate 15 in a residential section of Rancho Bernardo known as Westwood and includes a vacant, four-story building, three-story parking garage and large parking lot.
The deal ended Palomar’s 15-year search for a place to build a satellite campus that would serve residents in the southern end of the 2,555-square-mile community college district.

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Neighborhood asks for KSC involvement

By Kate Kelleher

Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Although Keene State College offers some help to students who plan to live off campus, members of one group of Keene residents have made efforts to provide more assistance. The Southeast Keene Neighborhood Group (SEKNG), a group of approximately 40 Keene residents living in neighborhoods occupied by students, aims to improve the quality of life among residents.

SEKNG member and City Councilor Janis Manwaring said living among students impacts the community members greatly. She suggested KSC appoint someone to act as a housing liaison in order to better prepare students for living off campus.
“It would be a really good position to have so that students could have some sort of orientation to living off campus,” Manwaring said.

Manwaring said this would prepare tenants to deal with landlords.
“It would be some sort of protection against landlords who don’t do anything,” Manwaring said,  “who collect a lot of money and leave things that need to be fixed.”
Manwaring and other SEKNG members have already taken steps to educate student-residents in their neighborhoods.

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Landlords, police, university team up to handle underage drinking, overindulgence at house parties

House parties were getting out of control, binge drinking was among the highest of all the nation’s college towns, and Lincoln police had thrown in the towel on the alcohol problem.

“In a way, we were enablers. We had given up on it to the extent that there was no sense in Lincoln by young people that there were any repercussions if you had an out-of-control drinking party or if you were drinking underage,” said Police Chief Tom Casady. “That perception has changed pretty dramatically.”

Now there are repercussions for everything: for drinking underage; for throwing a wild house party; for serving alcohol to someone who is already drunk; for drinking in on-campus and Greek housing.

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UTSA’s neighborhood question: Making space for students

by Brian New / KENS 5
Posted on March 9, 2010 at 6:42 PM
Updated Tuesday, Mar 9 at 6:51 PM
With growth and success often come problems, and neighbors say that’s the case at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
UTSA is one of the fastest growing universities in the country.
Enrollment has skyrocketed in recent years, up more than 1500 students in just two years.
But neighbors say this has taken a toll on their property values.
The nearby neighborhood was designed for homeowners like Mike Gomez.
“We were literally one of the first ones on the block,” he said. But what his block has turned into is a neighborhood full of UTSA students, along with their unkept yards, litter problems and extra cars on the streets.
“We got people here with nine cars and one house.  It’s just insane,” Gomez said. “My home value doesn’t go up because of it.”

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Master plan will affect community ties

By JENSEN CARLSEN · Daily Trojan
Posted March 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm in Columns, Opinion

Last week, President Obama included USC on the President’s Higher Education Community Service honor roll, along with 700 other universities.

This honor validates the unique quality of USC that President Sample envisioned in his 1991 inaugural address: USC is a university where boundaries between student life and the local community life are blurred.

The university prides itself on this community bond, and its the reason we haven’t taken advantage of the numerous opportunities USC has had to move its campus elsewhere. We constantly interact with community members on our campus, at the University Village and along the Figueroa Corridor at local businesses.

Unfortunately, the Master Plan will naturally displace community members and organizations by harming local businesses and raising land prices, thus potentially hindering our strong community bond.

As of the 1999 census, the average West Adams neighborhood household income was $17,923 — approximately 15 percent greater than 1989 numbers. Since the 2009 numbers have yet to be counted, a generous growth of 15 percent from 1999 would give an estimated average household income of $20,611, making it one of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. With this sort of income, households around campus are ripe for displacement if we do not invest in the economic development of the area.

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Off-campus party ends with 18 Wheaton students arrested

By Donna Whitehead
Norton Mirror
Posted Mar 08, 2010 @ 11:57 AM
Norton —
Ongoing problems with student parties at an off-campus apartment culminated in the arrest this weekend of 18 Wheaton College students for possession of alcohol.

A noise complaint led Norton Police to a gathering of 50-75 people at condominiums on West Main Street just after midnight Sunday. Daniel Geneen, 20, the renter of unit number 3, was also charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, disturbing the peace and possession of marijuana, according to police.

The property located at 110 West Main Street includes five connected condominiums primarily occupied and rented by Wheaton College students, police said.

On several previous occasions over this school year, Norton police have responded to similar noise complaints arising from student parties at the West Main Street condos. Past incidents have resulted in verbal warnings, summonses to court and counseling by Wheaton College staff.

Detective Lt. Thomas Petersen said Norton police have responded to the West Main Street condos numerous times over the past two years and six or seven times this past school year.

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Getting tough with party houses

Town could pull lodging licenses

By Christine Legere
Globe Correspondent / March 7, 2010

From the perspective of youths looking to party, the two tenements on Burrill Avenue and Plymouth Street couldn’t be more strategically located. The houses, occupied by a handful of Bridgewater State College students, lie just outside the campus and directly across the street from a liquor store. The landlords, meanwhile, live several towns away.

Bridgewater selectmen, who have battled the problem of absentee landlords and inadequate oversight at such party houses for years, will decide on Tuesday whether owners Brian and Enid Koplovsky, of Duxbury, should surrender their lodging house licenses for 9 Burrill Ave. and 105 Plymouth St.

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City discusses new goals for ‘student ghetto’

More than a month after the last discussion of the Oread neighborhood’s fate, the future of the student ghetto remains unclear. The Lawrence City Commission discussed concerns Tuesday about the perceived deterioration of the neighborhood due to boardinghouses and absentee landlords. The growing concentration of rented properties has led to calls for a healthier balance between boardinghouses and permanent homes.

Members of the Lawrence Planning Commission are struggling to address the issues facing the neighborhood, but are working to finalize a plan. The drafted plan proposes that the city create five different districts that would group different types of land use, such as parking, boarding houses and single-family homes, among others.

“Students will always outnumber owner-occupiers in the Oread neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean that the neighborhood should simply become a student-only ghetto,” Beth Meyers, a community member, said.

Others, such as Danny Schneider, a junior from Mulvane and resident of a six-person house, do not see the current conditions as a problem.

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Community: Policing ourselves

Somewhere between our supposed criminal reputation from the Prince George’s County riot squad and the foolish ne’er-do-wells we all aspire to be lies a small group of people who see us clearly and without fault.
You may not notice them, but there is a non-student resident populous who calls our playground home. They are the university faculty, young families and older couples who know this town better than any of us smart-ass students. These brave souls, the normal contributors of society, understand what it means to live in a college town. It takes patience, tolerance and an ability to see public vomiting as a way of giving back to nature. Well, sort of.
Be thankful — without these folks, College Park would have a lot more in common with Folsom State Prison than we’d like to admit.
Last week, my housemates and I created quite the stir in our quaint neighborhood, and I say this lightly. Having received minor complaints in the past, this particular night went a little too far. Rather than calling the bacon squad on our hides, a concerned neighbor decided to confront the situation civilly, unlike the pre-emptive strike from our friends in the riot squad.

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Westchester-Playa council approves LMU master plan EIR despite neighborhood group’s opposition

Despite passionate protests from a neighborhood group and some of its own board members, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa voted 11-4 March 2nd to approve Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) campus renovation.

The meeting was moved from the Westchester Municipal Building community room to the senior center to accommodate an anticipated larger audience, which numbered over 200.

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Bethlehem officials pledge to help Moravian College-area residents in neighborhood transition

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Express-Times
BETHLEHEM | City officials promised Moravian College-area residents Tuesday that they’ll closely monitor the transition of their neighborhood in the fall when Moravian students are no longer allowed to live off campus.

Chief Housing Inspector Mike Palos said the city will no longer be able to inspect the area’s rental homes annually if they’re leased to families instead of students, but he promised to monitor their condition as much as he can. City Councilman J. William Reynolds, who lives in the neighborhood, also pledged to keep an eye on the area’s transition.

“I could see landlords, being mad at the college or the city, doing less with their properties,” he told the 20 residents who attended the neighborhood’s monthly block watch meeting.

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Harrisburg City Council committee wants to meet with Harrisburg Area Community College about parking

Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 8:53 PM     Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 8:56 PM

Joe Elias, The Patriot-News

Before moving forward with a plan to expand a residential permit parking zone near the Harrisburg Area Community College’s midtown campus, the City Council’s public safety committee wants to meet with HACC officials.
Council president Gloria Martin-Roberts said it was up to HACC to “live well within the community” and help the city address the issue.

One problem was an entrance to the school along Reily Street. Martin-Roberts said some students are parking on neighborhood streets near the entrance instead of lots provided by the college.
Helen Solivan, with the city’s police department, told the committee HACC has parking available for students but cannot force them to use it or punish them for not using it.

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Easing tensions around campus

The history of tension between university students and the communities that surround campuses is a long one.

If you think it’s a modern manifestation of kids gone wild, consider this bulletin about an historian’s recent talk to freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh:

“Ever since the first universities were founded nearly a millennium ago, unruly students have been giving faculty, administrators, and townspeople headaches — sometimes by literally knocking them out. But students have brawled, boozed, duelled, protested, and slept in class for very different reasons over the centuries.”

The college experience is virtually bound to unleash potential conflicts. Young men and women, often away from home and parental supervision for the first time, in an atmosphere of academic stress and social exploration, and amidst hordes of like-minded peers, can let out-of-class exuberance get carried away.

Campus neighbors, drawn by the many advantages to being near a university campus, sometimes fail to expect or quickly grow weary of partying that splits the bounds of campus.

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St. Olaf Student-Neighbor Relations

By Stephanie Jones

Published: Friday, March 26, 2010
Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010

After living in the dorms, constantly surrounded by your noisy, smelly and distracting peers, you may want to start looking into alternative residential arrangements. However, living off campus means replacing these neighbors with other neighbors, a transition that incorporates embracing an entirely different set of benefits, challenges and adjustments.
“It’s not a normal neighbor relationship because we’re college kids,” Isak Tranvik ’11 said. “I live in a duplex and everybody else around us is in a single-family home. College kids are on a different schedule than families, and I think some misunderstandings can arise from that.”
Of the complaints that have been made by neighbors regarding off-campus student houses, the majority have revolved around kids causing noise outside of the house.
“I’ve heard of situations where somebody dropped a beer bottle on the sidewalk near a student’s house, and the police came to his door to talk to him about it,” Tranvik said. “People don’t realize that it’s not the people in the house who are causing the problems, it’s often the kids that are walking there. The homeowners end up being held responsible for the actions of people coming and going.”

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Help Keep WSU Vancouver’s Campus Beautiful.

Washington State University Vancouver is hosting its annual Cougar Pride Days on April 16 and 17. Cougar Pride Days at WSU Vancouver is a time when students, faculty, staff, alumni and campus neighbors come together to demonstrate their Cougar Pride by volunteering for clean-up projects on the landmark campus.
Cougar Pride Days has historic roots dating back to the early part of the 20th century. Originally called “Campus Days,” it was a time in Washington State University’s history when trees were planted, sidewalks were built and the appearance of the campus was improved. It helped establish school spirit and Cougar Pride. Today the tradition continues.
Cougar Pride Days projects on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. include: boardwalk construction, Mill Creek preservation and trail enhancement, sprucing up Butch and office spring cleaning. Outdoor project volunteers may check in at the Facilities Operations building.
Cougar Pride Days projects April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. include: painting the barn (weather permitting) and Mill Creek preservation and trail enhancement. Volunteers may check in at the Gray 5 parking lot.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves are provided, but remember to wear your boots.  For a list of projects and more information contact Facilities Operations at 360-546-9000 or visit  WSU Vancouver Cougar Pride.


‘Neighborhood and Bar Walk’ to assess safety, alcohol issues near campus

RELEASED: April 19, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, residents of the Third Ward and Randall Park neighborhoods, city officials and concerned community members will once again take the “Neighborhood and Bar Walk,” an initiative sponsored by The Bridge Campus Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire.

The event, scheduled for 9 p.m. April 30-2 a.m. May 1, is an opportunity for advocates of safety and alcohol abuse prevention to observe behaviors of students and the public in Water Street bars and surrounding neighborhoods. Past walks have improved lighting, transportation and pedestrian issues. The public is invited — particularly students, educators, health care professionals and campus neighbors.

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A Beautiful Day in the neighborhood

Student-citizen relationship proves to be a challenge

By Amanda Sawyer

Equinox Staff

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Any student who has lived on campus past his or her freshman year knows what it feels like to find themselves in a predicament on housing selection day.

Keene State College students are often left to venture into the world of off-campus housing and sometimes those students are left to find housing within the last couple of weeks of school.

For many juniors and seniors, off-campus living is top priority. They would rather trade dorm showers, resident assistants and student neighbors for a place of their own, even if it means walking a bit farther to class.

What some students don’t fully understand, however, is with this new freedom comes a new group of enforcers, the Keene Police Department. Students that live on streets such as Blake Street, Wilson Street and Winchester Court are surrounded by more college students than actual Keene residents but still run into problems involving late-night get togethers. Blake Street resident and junior Tom Remmes said there are mostly college kids on Blake Street but there are a few families that live in the area.

“The families constantly complain and are rude to us,” Remmes said. One incident Remmes recalled involved a neighbor threatening him and his friends, saying he “has enough guns to take care of us.”

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Neighborhood Watch: Gripes Galore About Georgetown’s Campus Plan

Posted by Kim Chi Ha on Apr. 27, 2010 at 06:39 pm

The Issue: Neighbors expressed frustration and concern over Georgetown University’s 2010 Campus Plan at a meeting last night. “It’s possible there’ll be changes as a result of tonight –but some of the big issues–on-campus housing–I don’t expect change,” says Linda Greenan, assistant vice president for external relations at Georgetown. Noisy, late-night partyin’ students already plague life in Burleith and West Georgetown. And with an expected enrollment increase of 2,475 over the next decade, a 10 percent growth in staff and faculty, and 8,500 square feet of retail planned, residents may never sleep.

Stop, Drop and Enroll: Although the 2010 plan intends on boosting graduate enrollment, a majority of those will be “continuing studies” students, many of whom already reside in the District, says GU Provost James O’Donnell. The majority of students residing in Burleith and West Georgetown are undergraduates –where enrollment will be capped at the current 6,016.

In response to on-campus growth, parking will increase from 700 to 1,000 new spots and there’ll be an additional 120 beds. Off-campus, GU expects to ramp up SNAP to two cars to cover the community, with an additional third on patrol in the summer. In May, a detail of off-duty MPD officers will also be on patrol in response to student safety and noise issues.

In response to resident concerns, the original 26,000 square feet of retail planned for the so-called 1789 Block was reduced to 8,500. “I’m a neighbor, and I think that retail would be great–it gives people a place to walk, they don’t have to drive, and it gives students a place to get their things without cars,” one resident in the audience chimes in. “There may be things that change in that process [Zoning Commission], so the community will have lots of time…this doesn’t close out the process,” says Alan Brangman, university architect at GU. Greenan adds, “This whole plan is a concept. Every single thing that’s proposed in here, we’ll have to go through another process of zoning…we’re nowhere ready to do this. When we are ready, we’ll come back to the community and talk about it.”

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