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Residents of historic Feldman's Neighborhood opposed to student housing project

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Residents of the historic Feldman’s Neighborhood are concerned about a prospective student housing project being built in the northwest corner of Speedway and Euclid.

Peak Campus, the developer, hasn’t engaged with the City of Tucson yet, but plans include building multi-story buildings to accommodate between 600 and 700 students. Nothing has been approved. 

Approximately 9,000 square feet of space is required for construction of the student housing complex, which also calls for over 200 parking spaces.

Ellen McMahon has lived in her bungalow home for over 30 years.

The house, built in 1919, is filled with narrow hallways, a small traditional kitchen and a vast array of artistic pieces.

An artist herself, McMahon isn’t all too pleased with the portrait painted by Peak Campus as it relates to the project.

Tentatively, 13 structures in the neighborhood would be demolished to make room for construction.

"The idea of a bulldozer taking this house down is sickening,” McMahon said.

"Easily a thousand people who live in single family single story residences would be disturbed by the amount of noise this kind of complex generates,” said Diana Lett, who also lives in the Feldman’s Neighborhood District.

Lett noted increased traffic and pedestrian safety could be issued if student housing were established.

Lett emphasized it comes down to maintaining the integrity of what defines a historic neighborhood.

She said building a seven-story structure isn’t part of that vision.

"City of Tucson also invested in making this a historic district, expanding the historic district, creating the NPZ, neighborhood preservation zone enabling ordinance. So that's a lot of investment over decades in historic preservation and we'd like to see that commitment honored,” Lett noted.

Peak Campus attorneys and the Feldman’s Neighborhood group are meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church (740 E. Speedway Blvd).

To see what the student housing project might look like, click here

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