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Hundreds of people turned out to voice their opinions on putting the new expanded campus on Bend's west side.

 

Former Bend Mayor and OSU Board President Oran Teater was among more than 25 people who spoke in support of the proposed location at the corner of Chandler and Mt. Washington.

 

"I question our opponents who believe the college will impact their quality of life.  I have lived on Awbrey Butte for 15 years within a couple blocks of COCC and I have never had any incident near our property."

 

The public hearings officer listened to more than two hours of proponents of the OSU site.

 

He just started listening to opponents when time ran out.   Westside resident Fred Gemkey spoke against the site.

 

"As shown in this aerial photo, you can see this land is commercially exploited and environmentally ravaged as any property in Bend.  As a result, the area adjacent to it is hostile and toxic to the campus and it should be avoided."

 

Opponents will continue their testimony Wednesday morning.

 

The public hearings officer is expected to take all the testimony under consideration and will make a recommendation in three weeks on whether to approve or deny the site application, possibly with conditions. 

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