It’s now up to Pullman City Council to decide whether another high-end student housing development will proceed.
The Port of Whitman County wants to sell 23 acres of its Pullman Industrial Park West property to a development company out of Austin Texas. Aspen Heights has agreed to pay the port 1.16 million dollars for the public property on the North end of town. The city must rezone the land from light industrial to multifamily residential for the sale to be finalized.
The City of Pullman’s Planning Director is recommending that the rezone be rejected. Pete Dickinson believes that the rezone would have a negative effect on the community and is inconsistent with the city’s comprehensive plan. The City of Pullman Planning Commission disagreed with Dickinson and is recommending that city council approve the rezone request.
Aspen Heights wants to build over a hundred duplexes with over 200 units and nearly 900 beds at the site near the intersection of Albion Road and North Grand Avenue. The firm identifies its projects as “resort-style” student living.
Pullman City Council will consider the rezone request during its meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 in city hall. This is the 5th time in the last 3 years that a development company from outside the region has pursued a large high-end student housing project in Pullman. The need for the rezone is allowing city council a rare opportunity to decide whether one of these projects proceeds.