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SDSU to Add High-Rise Dorms as Salve for Housing Shortage


Aired 4/19/09

San Diego State University plans to solve a campus housing shortage by adding high-rise dorms. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The school proposes to add four high-rise dorms -- 10 stories each -- to ease the housing crunch. College area neighbors have complained that the lack of on-campus housing forces students into mini-dorms -- rental homes that often pack in large groups of students. College Area Community Council President Doug Case welcomes the plan. But he doesn't think it will put the end to the mini-dorm problem.

Case : So if there's not enough housing it will make the so-called mini-dorm or nuisance rental property issue far more serious, but simply providing housing doesn't in and of itself resolve the issue of nuisance rental properties in the community.

Neighbors say the mini-dorms have brought loud parties, littering and other disturbances to their neighborhoods. Officials say about 20 percent of SDSU students live on or near the campus. The school says they expect that number to increase to 35 percent by 2025.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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