STUDENT HOUSING: Controversy Over Future ISU Dorms

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A Texas developer purchased the former Ames Middle School from the district in December. It plans to make it a home for nearly 9-hundred Iowa State students come next fall.

But some people think their new neighbors would disrupt their way of life.

Marilyn Clem has lived in the west Ames neighborhood for 40 years and doesn’t like the idea of change. She says,” The quality of life here just wouldn’t be what it was…there wouldn’t be any peace and quiet and wouldn’t hear a pin drop on Sunday morning…”

Change is coming next fall to the abandoned school. The Breckenridge Land Acquisition development company says this is just what campus town needs.

“The distance to campus could not be closer, we are less than half a mile from both sides,” says Charlie Vatterott, vice president of Breckenridge Land Acquisition.

The company plans to tear down the former Ames Middle School building and construct three new student apartment buildings in its place.

The company doesn’t think any of that will be a problem and wants to reach out to the community.

The neighbors say they aren’t buying the companies promises and would like to keep the neighborhood as it is.

The developer plans to tear down the middle school building this spring and have the new apartments ready for students next fall.


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