Monmouth University has been given the OK to build a new residence hall on the north end of its campus.
The 3-story residence hall will be built on a previously approved parking lot near the school's library.
Monmouth University engineer and planner William Fitzgerald said the project will also include the construction of a new entrance to the campus at the corner of Norwood and Cedar avenues. Fitzgerald said the entrance has been approved by the county, which has jurisdiction over Cedar Avenue.
Another planner, Richard Preiss, said the building will be just more than 43 feet tall, and that it will not affect residents on Norwood Court, because the library will serve as a buffer.
Board members did express some concerns over the project’s impact on
parking by adding housing and decreasing the number of parking spaces.
At a previous meeting, Fitzgerald said 84 parking spots would be lost and 101 rooms would be added, bringing the total of spots on campus to 892 and the total of rooms to 879. He has said the ratio of spots to rooms was still higher than the demand, and that the school will never go below a minimum of 660 parking stalls for students.