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Developer pulls plans for controversial student housing project

Tippecanoe County Commissioners approved the developer's request to pull the petition to rezone land for the West Campus Cottages.

Posted: Mar 1, 2021 12:21 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2021 4:12 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The developer behind the West Campus Cottages has pulled its request to rezone 40-acres of land west of Purdue University's campus on State Road 26.

As we previously reported, the student-centered development would have added 280 units on the property.

Lafayette-based attorney Dan Teder represented the developer, Trinitas Ventures, in the petition to rezone.

The plan was to change it from R1, single-family, to R3, high-density housing.

Neighbors in The Orchard subdivision were opposed to the project. It borders where the development was planned.

They created a "Stop the Rezone" website, yard signs, and a petition with more than 350 physical signatures.

The APC voted unanimously to deny the rezoning in February.

At Monday's meeting of the Tippecanoe County Commissioners, Teder asked to withdraw the petition on behalf of the developer.

Teder thanked the commissioners for the many meetings held to discuss the project.

"I appreciate you listening to me," said Teder. "Unfortunately, you weren't able to vote in my favor, and I understand that."

Teder then shared his feelings about the project.

"I do think we had an excellent project here," Teder added. "I think the neighbors have decided that they want their sons and daughters that are college-age not to live near them, but to live on campus or elsewhere."

Area Plan Commission staff recommended denying the rezoning, saying the project doesn't fit into the U.S. 231 corridor plan or the established land-use patterns.

The Orchard subdivision resident Sue Bayley said it's a win for her entire neighborhood.

"It was government working in our favor, listening to the constituents," she explained. "We had overwhelming numbers who were against this rezone, and it was just a victory for the community." 

Bayley said it shows what can happen when a community works together

"We were an organized task force," Bayley said. "We worked very diligently to keep this rezone from happening, and we will stay as such to make sure this does not happen in the future."

All three commissioners voted in favor of withdrawing the rezoning request.

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