Committee Formed to Address Student Housing Issues

A new committee that was formed to address student housing issues, specifically, the effect of students living in a neighborhood alongside permanent residents.

Bill and Kay Castine have lived in the Linwood Manor neighborhood in Tallahassee for more than 30 years. They say it's always been a quiet neighborhood, but in recent years, they say the number of singles and students has increased.

"The main thing is the traffic, we have a good many more cars driving up and down the street and frankly they tend to drive faster than the nuclear families do," says Bill.

The Castines are among several long-term residents who are concerned about the future of their neighborhoods as the student population booms. So, to help those residents and the students find common ground, Tallahassee's student affairs advisory committee was formed, meeting for the first time last week

"There's a couple of short term goals, but I have to relate to the long term solution for the city to get a grasp on where we would like our development to be placed," says Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner.

While future developments geared towards the student is a big issue. In the short term, the goal is to create good neighborhoods and in the Castines opinion it's as simple as talking to one another.

The next SAAC meeting will be held November 4. If you'd like to find out how to get involved, you can call commissioner Gillum's office at 891-8181.