Student Housing: Fairbourne Station is returning to West Valley City.

by Pete Bach for Post Crescent

APPLETON — A student housing complex eyed on an Outagamie County parcel will get an airing of the full county board.

The county’s Property/Airport Committee set the stage for the May 24 discussion last week by endorsing an amendment that makes development of privately-funded, for-profit student housing for Fox Valley Technical College an additional accepted use for the 18-acre site at State 15 and Casaloma Drive.

“We should move forward on this,” said Mike Hendrick, county planning director, who added that the property has not been targeted for any county purposes. “There’s been no discussion for anything other than, ‘Let’s get it back on the tax rolls,'” he said.

Committee chairman Dean Culbertson said the county board has turned down some previous development schemes, so approval isn’t assured.

A negotiated sale agreement would require separate committee and board approval.

Development Partners LLC, Neenah, proposes to build three types of housing tailored for distinct student populations at FVTC, which would be able to access the land by an existing skywalk over U.S. 41 from its campus.

Housing for 600 to 700 students is planned in the project the school dubbed “Tech Village.”

Hendrick said the layout still leaves room for office development on the property, one of the preferred uses in the existing development agreement.

The county has been looking for uses that don’t detract from the adjacent woodlands.

Hendrick said the efforts will need to be coordinated with the Town of Grand Chute.

The property, once part of the county farm, has been on the market since 2003.


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