College Hill in the Realms of Uncertainty

March 25th, 2009 - 9:29 pm ICT by GD  

The Pullman City Council’s decision on the 24th of February, to vote down the proposed University District creates uncertainties for the immediate future plans for the WSU’s College Hill.

Mel Taylor, the executive director of real estate operations and external affairs of the WSU said, “We are not taking the lead on anything up there because of the vote.”

Pete Dickinson the director of the Pullman Planning Commission said, “The program will consult the university before approving any official changes for how the city oversees College Hill.” During the Program’s February meetings the university was represented by Taylor along with Barbara Ryder, who is the senior campus planner with the WSU Capital Planning and Development.

On the meeting that was held on the 5th of March, the university also terminated the program of Cougar Choice Housing that the university had proposed earlier. Taylor said that university had scrapped the program due to budget concerns.

According to the proposed Cougar Choice Housing program which was to have been a voluntary program, the properties of the local property managers would have been allowed to be inspected by the members of the WSU. And accordingly as per the inspection, the properties that met a certain standard would have been categorized as “Cougar Choice-preferred” on the website that would be developed later.

As per the Cougar Choice Housing program, the inspections would have been carried out by the WSU’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety on the beginning of March and the proposed website was expected to available by the summer’s end.

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