BURLINGTON, Vt. -
It's a fight that's pitting Champlain College against the Queen City. The school says it's not giving up on building more student housing, even after being denied land-use permits.
Years ago, the college made a commitment to create housing for all students, but that goal has hit a snag, with their recent construction plans on hold.
The project would create more than 300 beds for Champlain students on St. Paul Street, but the Development Review Board denied the permits the college needed based on parking, mass and scale issues. But on Tuesday, Champlain appealed that decision. College officials say this student housing is needed in the city and they are confident they can find a resolution to the issues raised by the DRB.
"We've heard from a lot of developers, from a lot people in the city that support this project and building this type of housing. So the appeal is simply to protect Champlain's rights so that we can continue the conversation," said David Provost of Champlain College.
Champlain officials say the area is zoned for the proposed six-story housing complex. Provost says the college hopes this appeal does not make it to the Environmental Court. If so, he says it could take nearly two years for a decision and the project would not happen.