Wheaton College Wins Final OK for Five New Dorms

Councilman John Prendiville casts the sole dissenting vote on the project during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The City Council on Tuesday gave Wheaton College the approval it needs to proceed with plans to build five new dorms at Harrison and Irving avenues, the Daily Herald reports.

The only no vote came from City Councilman John Prendiville, according to the Daily Herald, which notes he lives about a block away from site of the planned dorms.

The council vote grants Wheaton College a a special-­use permit for the project, which includes:

  • Two buildings resembling single-family homes. The buildings would front Irving Avenue and each would house 12 students.

  • Three buildings fronting Harrison Avenue would each house eight students.

Earlier this month, some residents of the area expressed their concerns that the new dorms would push down the values of their properties and traffic in the area.

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