Cal Poly begins construction on controversial dorm
September 22, 2015
Cal Poly is expected to break ground this week on a $198 million dormitory that will border a residential neighborhood.
The planned dormitory will contain 1,475 beds. It will be built on a lot at the corner of Slack Street and Grand Avenue next to an entrance to the campus.
The university expects to complete the project in July 2018. After the dorm is completed, the university will be able to house 40 percent of students on campus.
Cal Poly plans to eventually have on-campus housing for about 65 percent of undergraduate students, university officials say.
Upon completion of the current project, there will be 8,000 beds on campus. Several thousand additional beds are needed to reach the university’s target.
Numerous city residents have complained that the new dorm will significantly increase congestion and partying in the adjacent residential neighborhoods. Groups of neighbors requested that the city mount a legal challenge to the project, but city officials declined to do so.
A group of neighbors called the Alliance of SLO Neighborhoods then sued, alleging the dorm would create adverse environmental impacts and that the university prepared an improper environmental impact report. A judge ruled earlier this year that the university can build the dorm.