West Ames development rejected

For the second time in six months, a proposed rental housing development in far west Ames was rejected by the City Council.  Indiana-based Trinitas Ventures wants to build on 32 acres near Lincoln Way and 500th Ave.  Their plan was rejected back in June, as the council cited concerns on the distance from the city, stormwater management issues and a saturated student housing market.  Trinitas vice president Travis Vencil brought back a revised plan Tuesday, says it's not apartments and less about ISU students. City Planning and Housing Drector Kelly Diekmann countered, saying the widespread construction of rental property in the last few years has reduced the shortage in housing brought about by an explosion in student enrollment. He says more than 3,500 bedrooms have been added to Ames rental housing stock since the fall of 2016.  He says another 1,200 will be added next year.

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