• Shadyside residents express concerns over Carnegie Mellon University's proposed dorm

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    PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Mellon University is hoping to build a new six-story dorm along the corner of Clyde Street and Fifth Avenue.

    The university still needs to get approval from the city.  

    However, people living along the quiet Clyde and Devonshire streets are speaking out against it.

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    They fear the proposed living space for almost 300 students would create a whirlwind of problems.

    “We’re very much opposed to it. There’s no upside. I mean you’re gonna have all the garbage out there and it’s gonna be a big building. It’s gonna run from 5th ave all the way down here,” Shadyside resident Don Sharapan said. 

    They wrote to the City of Pittsburgh's Zoning Board of Adjustment that the project would impact air quality, create additional traffic and noise problems and generally ruin the landscape of their homes.

    Carnegie Mellon University said in the past that they would follow the necessary restrictions and wouldn't violate noise and other ordinances.

    University officials released the following statement: 

    CMU believes in being a good neighbor by engaging in transparent discussions with those who live near our university. We strongly believe that providing university-managed living environments are in the best interests of both the student experience and our near-campus neighborhoods.

    “The average student body is fine and I think people have an overly negative sort of assumption,”CMU student Kevin Robinson said. 

    People who live there have mixed emotions. 

    The Zoning Board has 40 some days to make with a decision.


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