Akron City Council is placing a 120-day hold on new student housing developments for the University of Akron while research on off-campus housing is being conducted.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco says developers and council members have expressed some concerns about an overabundance of new housing.
"We're concerned about the kind of impact it will have on the downtown neighborhood near the University of Akron," he says.
Fusco says 1,975 new student beds have been added within the last two years.
Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that prevents the city from offering any incentives for development or construction of any student housing facility.
Fusco explains how the city and the University Park Alliance will collaborate over the next couple of months.
"We're asking the Planning Department to move forward with the University of Akron and the University Park Alliance to study this student housing phenomenon," he said.
Councilman Fusco tells AkronNewsNow.com that while the 120-day moratorium is in place, developers can still develop property, but the city will not provide any incentives.
He says the primary goal for the city is to make sound decisions regarding downtown development.