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Alpine School District supports Proposition 5

September 29, 2018

This rendering of the Palos Verdes apartments shows potential new student housing.

As the LetOremVote group campaigns against Proposition 5, concerning a rezone of nine acres of land for high density student housing across from Lakeridge Junior High, the Alpine School District has released an official statement on the issue.

On Friday, the district board of education and administrative team came out in favor of Proposition 5.

The statement said in part, “Since this project is in close proximity to Lakeridge Junior High School, members of Alpine’s leadership team sought out and received information, while providing feedback to the developer, city and UVU officials. Improving safety for students attending Lakeridge Junior High was a primary criterion. We are supportive of the outlined new traffic signal at 960 South and 400 West along with improvements to the entrance of Lakeridge Junior High that will benefit the Orem school community.”

In addition to the improvements the statement notse that, “A large number of graduating ASD students matriculate to Utah Valley University (“UVU”), where tremendous enrollment growth has occurred and unmet student housing needs remain. Additional student housing in proximity to campus will facilitate pedestrian access to UVU and improve the student’s experience at UVU.”

The ASD statement concludes, “Finally, if the Palos Verdes project proceeds, it would be a private development. If it fails, the property could be developed by UVU. The District will benefit from the payment of property taxes and the City of Orem will benefit from the land-use controls placed on the project if it is a private development.”

Proposition 5 is on the Nov. 6 ballot in Orem. Residents, particularly in the southwest neighborhoods of the city are concerned about the number of cars that will come through their neighborhoods. They have also vocalized their concern about student safety at Lakeridge Junior High School.

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