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Proposed Dorms' Environmental
Impact Slight, Report Finds
December 6, 1999

More than 50 townspeople, UConn students and administrators filled a room in Bishop Center Wednesday to hear details of a report which concludes that a proposed apartment-style residence hall off Stadium Road to house upper class and graduate students would have no significant impact on the environment.

The plan is intended to alleviate the demand for student housing, as increasing numbers of students choose to come to UConn.

While there would be more traffic if the approximately 800-bed residence hall is built, Robert Moore of the Middletown firm Malcolm Pirnie, which prepared the report, said the increase would not be significant.

The report also concludes that the project would not have a significant impact on the area's air quality, stormwater runoff system, erosion controls, or waste disposal systems. Noise would not increase significantly either, as buffers would contain sound.

Fewer than a dozen people spoke during the hearing, the fifth public meeting convened since the proposal was announced several months ago.

The Board of Trustees is expected to review the report in December.

Richard Veilleux