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Resistance to the project was amplified by the sheer number of housing projects that have sprung up around Dinkytown in recent years, spurred by student housing demand.
Just across the street from the Opus proposal, more than 300 apartments are being built on the site that was once home to Marshall High School.
“Uncontrolled growth in the human body is called cancer,” Gordon Kepner, a longtime resident of the area, told the committee. “I think the political body needs to think about uncontrolled growth in a very serious way. Because once it starts, there’s no drug to stop it.”
Matt Rauenhorst, Opus senior director, said company officials are “very disappointed” in the committee decision but that they “remain hopeful” the full council will move the project forward.
“We designed the project to complement the unique character of Dinkytown,” he said in a statement, “and we believe that it would put to better use the property, currently occupied primarily by surface parking lots.”
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