As the immediate neighbor to the proposed dormitory project by developer St. George & Associates, Santa Barbara City College announced today it will closely monitor all aspects of the project as it progresses through the City’s development review process.
“We have worked hard over the past year to collaborate with our Mesa neighbors and the City to address impacts from students residing in the neighborhood,” said Santa Barbara City College President Lori Gaskin. “While there are many benefits to locating housing very close to the college campus, there are also potential drawbacks that need to be understood and mitigated. We are absolutely committed to working with our neighbors and the City to help find a viable and sustainable solution,” she noted.
The project, which is in the early design stage and has only been discussed in conceptual form to date, would, according to the developer, replace apartment living with a dorm setting, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of students living in close proximity to the college.
A Mesa neighborhood meeting to discuss the project is set for tonight (Nov. 30, 2015) and representatives from the College will be present to listen to the initial community response. “It is the College’s commitment and responsibility to learn as much as possible about the proposal, monitor the City development review process, and hear perspectives from the various stakeholders concerning this project,” President Gaskin added.