Another delay expected in decision on proposed student housing

CHAMPAIGN — City officials expect a decision on a proposed East University Avenue student housing complex will again be delayed when the plan commission meets tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 15).

The proposal has nearby residents worried about how it will affect their property values and the character of the neighborhood, and the issue is in the middle of a public comment period with the city.

A plan commission vote had been scheduled for tonight's meeting aT 4 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St., but city administrators said Tuesday they will ask that a vote be put off until more information about the proposal is available.

Known as the Latitude project, the proposal includes plans for a six-story, four-building, 552-bedroom apartment complex with 15,900 square feet of ground-floor retail space along the north side of University Avenue between Fifth and Wright streets.

The Indiana-based developer has asked for waivers of some city zoning rules. The plan commission will need to make a recommendation to the city council, and the council will make a final decision on whether the project can move forward with those waivers.

The city council vote was expected on Feb. 4 — that date will now need to be pushed back, too.

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