BY TOM DALTON
---- — SALEM — Salem State University will reduce the size of a planned residence hall, eliminating one floor from the proposed five-story structure.
The college will announce the change at a community meeting tonight.
The decision comes after neighbors and city officials raised concerns about the height of the building slated for Salem State’s central campus. Specifically, concerns were raised about a five-story section closest to Loring Avenue and residents’ homes.
“The new plans reduce the west side of the building to four stories...” Karen Cady, a university spokeswoman, stated in an email.
Although the change is expected to shrink the 400-bed residence hall, the number of beds in the redesigned building was not announced.
“There probably will be fewer beds,” Cady said. “We don’t have that level of detail (yet).”
The change in plans comes after several meetings with neighbors at which the building’s height was a key issue.
“I think we’re trying to be good neighbors,” Cady said. “That’s the whole purpose of having these meetings and presentations.”
Salem State President Patricia Meservey contacted elected officials yesterday with the news.
The Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the Enterprise Center on the central campus. Building architects are expected to present the revised plans.
The new residence hall is scheduled to open in 2015.
Tom Dalton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.