Student housing complex hinges on Corvallis annexation vote

Student housing complex hinges on Corvallis annexation vote

CORVALLIS, Ore. - When President Dr. Edward Jay of Oregon State University announced an enrollment increase to 28,000 students by 2025 last week, many wondered where all these students were going to live.

While OSU says on-campus housing isn’t an issue, off-campus living is another story.

Landmark Properties, a nationwide student housing development company, has had their eyes on the Sather Property at 35th Street and Western Boulevard, where Landmark plans to build a 650 to 1,000-bed housing complex.

However, that depends on the Nov. 6 vote on annexation of the land to the city, Measure 02-80.

Some Corvallis homeowners said the city is in desperate need of housing for everyone, not just students.

“We have families who are moving to outlying communities because they can’t find housing and can’t afford housing,” Martha Smith, the treasurer for Responsible Development Corvallis, said.

Smith and others argue a student housing complex of this stature isn’t good for the city and that, essentially, it belongs on campus.

“Do we want to continue to give up our precious land which we could for family housing and build student housing Which really can’t be used for anything else?” Smith said.
                
But back on OSU’s campus, some students beg to differ.

Don Iler, chief editor of the OSU’s campus paper, the Daily Barometer, said more student housing needs to be made available. A lot of students don’t have adequate housing because there is such an off-campus shortage.

“A lot of students end up living in sub-standard conditions. A lot of the owners of houses have turned subdivided basements into living quarters and they’re not up to code. There’s a lot of poor electrical work going on and it’s just really dangerous for a lot of students,” Iler said.

Iler said he’s in support of Measure 02-80.
 
“There’s a very anti-growth contingency in Corvallis where they’re very much against any of the growth that’s happening but the problem is it is happening. The growth has been happening throughout the state. More people are going to college and the state itself has grown tremendously,” Iler said.