Council rejects student apartment development

An 860 bed housing development in far west Ames to be marketed to Iowa State University students won't happen--at least not any time soon.  The City Council Tuesday deadlocked on motions to rezone and approve a development plan for land on S. 500th Ave. Second Ward council member Tim Gartin he thinks the development, and others like it in the last few years, are pushing down rents students say are too high. At-large council member Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen says the development is the wrong kind, in the wrong place. City planning officials say Ames has added an average of 1,100 apartment bedrooms a year since 2014.  They say another 1,600 bedrooms will come on-line next year.

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