Task force studying student housing developments in Tuscaloosa | News
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- The University of Alabama is seeing record enrollment, which means more students will need a place to live. But some people in Tuscaloosa are concerned about the increase in student housing.
The biggest questions right now for the newly created Tuscaloosa Student Housing Task Force are how much of campus student housing is currently available and how much is needed.
Wednesday afternoon, the task force met for the first time. There are 16 members on this task force made up of business people, folks in construction and representatives from the University of Alabama and other colleges.
Wednesday's meeting was just a 'get to know each other' meeting. Another big issue the task force wants to get addressed is the definition of student housing.
With the university continuing to grow, many people think more housing is needed while others don't want the skyline of Tuscaloosa to be filled with housing complexes.
Mayor Walt Maddox said he hopes this committee will be able to work together and hopefully decide what's really needed in the city.
"We want to see results that come about that not only look at what's happening today in terms of our student rental housing market, but what's going to happen in the years to come and is what's going to happen going to impact the taxpayers?" Maddox said.
The task force will meet every other Wednesday. They are expected to report all their findings to the mayor's office by Nov. 5.
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