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Proposed Puget Neighborhood dormitory clears hurdle

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Proposed Puget Neighborhood dormitory clears hurdle

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The proposed University Ridge housing project in the Puget Neighborhood has cleared a hurdle in its land-use application.

The city’s Hearing Examiner has conditionally approved the proposal for a student dormitory, but has limited it to 176 units with a maximum of 528 beds.

That’s about 50 beds less than the original proposal.

Planning Development Director Jeff Thomas says there are other key conditions included that address neighbors’ concerns.

Play Jeff Thomas on proposal

The decision requires the housing development to have professional, 24-hour on-site management, lease agreements with a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior and a shuttle service for residents.

They would also need to address storm water runoff issues and building height restrictions.