Student population growth in Corvallis leads to changes


Enrollment at Oregon State University is growing rapidly, and the city doesn’t have enough available housing.

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Enrollment at Oregon State University is growing rapidly, and the city doesn’t have enough available housing.

The school has grown by 5 to 8 percent annually over the past few years, forcing some students to move into townhomes and neighborhood homes or commute from nearby towns.

But a solution – a partial one, at least – may be forthcoming. City planners say that in the past six months they’ve seen a sudden surge of interest from local and out-of-state developers to build new multifamily, off-campus apartment units. Also, the city is seeking to work with OSU to address growing pains.

Corvallis associate planner Jared Voice identified three multifamily developments approved by the city; one under review; one in the land-use process; and one the city expects to go before the planning commission in the next month.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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