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Cal Poly administration announced plans Thursday to build a first-year housing community at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Slack Street.
San Luis Obispo residents raised concerns with the proximity of the new residence halls.
Students, on the other hand, might be feeling a range of emotions, from being angry about missing out on the smell of fresh paint and the excitement of living in a new building, to being annoyed that there will be less available parking.
Cal Poly students shared their thoughts about the housing project.
Alexandra Meniktas, business administration sophomore
Meniktas said since the residence halls won’t be ready while she’s at Cal Poly, she doesn’t feel very strongly about the new housing.
“Probably, since I’ll be graduated by then, it doesn’t really impact me,” she said. “I don’t really see a problem with it, but I won’t be here.”
Alex Croff, fruit science sophomore
Croff knows about the plans to increase on-campus housing, but he isn’t as informed as he would like to be.
“I would even be open to a short seminar (about the project),” he said.
Jake Whipple, computer engineering freshman
“I’ve been stuck in Yosemite, and the rooms are kind of small,” Whipple said. “I wouldn’t be opposed to having a brand new dorm facility.”
Whipple wouldn’t be able to live in the new buildings, but he is still positive about the project.
“Improvement is always good,” he said. “Even if I don’t get to experience it, it’s good that somebody else can.”
Paterson Wolfgram, business administration junior
Wolfgram is pleased freshmen will be able to live closer to the heart of campus.
“I know that there are some freshmen down in PCV, and that’s probably a little stressful for them, considering it’s not all freshmen,” she said.
Wolfgram thinks the new residence halls have a lot to offer.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to expand, and I don’t see that many cars in that part of the parking lot anyways,” she said.
Megan Leishman, wine and viticulture freshman
Leishman had no idea Cal Poly was planning on building new housing facilities, she said, but was optimistic about the possibilites.
“That’s probably a really good idea because I’m in a triple in Sequoia and it’s terrible,” she said.
Leishman said she did have a few questions about the expansion.
“Are they going to make new food or just new dorms?” she asked.
Daniel Klinenberg, mathematics freshman
Klinenberg thinks the new housing additions would be an improvement because he feels cramped in his current living situation, he said.
“I like my dorms, but I kind of wish I didn’t have a triple,” he said. “It’s better for future Cal Poly Mustangs.”
Stewart Cabello, agricultural business freshman
Cabello had no idea they were planning on building dorms but thinks it’s a great idea, he said.
“That’s actually really beneficial because I’m in a living situation with three people and it kind of sucks,” he said. “I’m stuck under a cabinet, so when I sleep my feet are hitting the shelves.”
Tyler Kirkpatrick, architecture freshman
Kirkpatrick said he thinks the new residence halls will solve the well-known space issue.
“It’ll be nice,” he said. “The old ones are a little cramped so I guess more dorms means we get more space.”
Daphne Chang, graphic communication senior
Daphne said after reading the email, she questioned if the residence halls were being built to make room for larger freshman classes.
“I feel like there are already so many people here, and it’s already hard getting classes,” she said. “I don’t know why they’re accepting more students.”