New Proposal to Convert Apartments to SBCC Dorms

Mesa residents and city planners are scratching their heads over a proposal to convert a cluster of two-story apartments by Cliff and Loma Alta drives now serving about 490 tenants ​— ​mostly City College students ​— ​into three-story dormitories for as many as 1,500 students. According to city planner Dan Gullet, the proposal is now in the pre-application process. “We don’t really have anything like this,” he said. “It’s pretty unique.” Although the development company ​— ​landlord Ed St. George’s Unknown Dreams LLC ​— ​would serve City College students, it’s not working in partnership with SBCC, Gullet said. The project’s high densities would be achieved by eliminating individual kitchens and replacing them with dorm-style cafeterias, adding an additional story, and building 67 parking spaces, which is half the number of spaces now there.

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