SLO residents sue Cal Poly over dorm plan
June 25, 2014
A group of San Luis Obispo residents has sued the California Statue University Board of Trustees over Cal Poly’s plan to construct a dormitory next to a residential neighborhood.
The residents, who have dubbed themselves the Alliance of SLO Neighborhoods, filed the lawsuit Friday. The board of trustees approved the project in May.
Alliance of SLO Neighborhoods’ suit alleges that the planned dorm would create adverse environmental impacts on the bordering neighborhood. The group also alleges that an environmental impact report prepared for the dorm proposal failed to disclose how much traffic, noise, pollution and safety risk the project would create.
Prior to filing the lawsuit, some residents requested that the San Luis Obispo City Council do so on their behalf. But, a gridlocked council opted not to consider litigation to halt the project.
The dorm is expected to house approximately 1,500 freshmen students. It will consist of seven towers ranging from three to five stories.
Cal Poly plans to break ground on construction next year and open the facility in fall 2018. The university must still obtain final approval from the trustees on design and financing plans.