The Council held a two hour and 45-minute public hearing on the controversial project and listened to 20 citizens - 17 of which were opposed.
Dwyer reiterated the Chamber's support for Campus Crest, which proposes to build apartments to house nearly 900 students on acreage west of Northwest 36th Street and Harrison Boulevard.
The Chamber's Board of Directors and Governmental Affairs Committees support the development, which would be known as The Grove, as a step in the right direction to address city's student housing shortage.
The Council agreed to keep the record open on the so-called "Witham Oaks" development and intends to make a final decision at its Jan. 6, 2014 City Council meeting. Meantime, the deadline for additional testimony is Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. to Planning Division Manager Kevin Young, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for final arguments from representatives of Campus Crest is slated for 5 p.m. Dec. 16. The City staff has recommended in favor of a comprehensive plan zoning amendment for the development, but the city's Planning Commission, a non-elected advisory board, turned it down.
It's up to the City Council to make the final decision. Campus Crest will build on only 25 acres and already agreed to donate the remaining 70 acres to the city for parkland use.