The City Council decided that they do not want to proceed with hearings until they have the opportunity to review a substantially complete draft of the agreement between HSU and AMCAL. This means that the next potential opportunity (depends on status of aforementioned agreement) to address this massive student-only managed complex will be July 11th. ACRH will email updates to membership as we know more.
Below are links to AMCAL's massive student only appartment project and the community's alternative project:
Arcata Citizens for Responsible Housing (ACRH) is a local, pro-housing, pro-infill, active transportation, and pro-student housing group. Our non-profit is unified against the proposed massive 800 student-only apartment project that is quaintly marketed as The Village. This student-only apartment project is proposed for the Craftsman’s Mall site in the city of Arcata.
Arcata Citizens for Responsible Housing's core strength is its membership. We are made up of concerned Arcata citizens, students, property owners and business owners. If you reside in Arcata, own property in Arcata or operate an Arcata business and you oppose a massive student-only apartment project that isolates students rather than integrates them into our community, you can make a difference by simply becoming a member.
For those that want to become active members, here are some of the ways our members can contribute:
AMCAL is currently celebrating 40 years of some of the largest student housing real estate developments in California. "The Graduate" student housing project shown above in San Jose helps us understand that they are not a good fit for our community. The photo of their Promontory project (center circle) is very representative of the student-only apartment project proposed for our community. Apparently it is the smallest scale that would work for their financial model, which is their priority, not its impact on insolating our students from us and driving the cost of housing higher for both students and families. Its massive size would tower over Eye Street, Sunset, Westwood and Janes Creek Meadow neighborhoods, woefully insufficient parking would overflow into the neighborhood, sewage flows would have unknown impact on the local treatment plant and our beloved Marsh project. Its 800 additional students would further congest the already dangerous Sunset Avenue interchange as well impact St. Louis, Spear and LK Wood!
Learn more about AMCAL at: https://www.amcalhousing.com/student-housing-communities/
SAY NO TO "THE VILLAGE" because it's not a village at all - It's a massive student-only apartment project. ARCATA IS NOT SAN JOSE OR MONTEREY. WE ARE ARCATA - SPECIAL LIKE NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH!
Working together, we will make a positive difference in the development of our community. Our promise: Your contribution will be used directly to support community based plans and developments that involve us.
Central to any request for donations is an understanding of those who are passionate about our charter and committed to the tireless and relentless effort that will produce success.