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Residents Voice Concerns Over Student Housing Development

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A private development group is looking to build a new student housing facility at Keystone Canyon Trailhead just off McCarran Blvd. 

But, those plans aren't going over well with some residents, who voiced concerns at a neighborhood board meeting.

Trails in the area are used by bicyclists every day, and the area is very quiet. Residents we talked to are worried that will change with nearly 1,000 students living in this area.

"I'm not against having students here," says Jim Kossow. "By all means, this town is centered around its college. Lets have that, but my concern is, what's the impact going to be from this housing development on the area."

Residents told us they're concerned not only about the noise levels, but how this will impact traffic flow. Folks say the traffic is already heavy, and without a new stoplight on McCarran Blvd., we can expect to see more accidents.

As far as the trails go, bicyclists are concerned about keeping them clean and also easy to access.

"I'm concerned about parking access for those trails," says Ellen Jacobson. "The trails will be fine because they're on forest service land. What won't be fine is having parking places for all the people who want to drive their bikes up there to the starting point."

The developers plan on creating cottages. They say that will not only be great for the community, but also gives students more housing options.

Reno City Council Member Neoma Jardon was the meeting, and told us these plans look good, but some issues still need to be ironed out.

"When you look at the university for its needs for student housing and this project on what it brings to the community, if we can address some of the concerns, it certainly looks to be an attribute," she says.

From here, this will go to the City of Reno Planning Commission and then to the Reno City Council for a final decision. If this housing facility does get built, developers want to have it ready for the fall semester.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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