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Petition Will Force Council Supermajority for Hub Rezoning

Ryan Heinsius

The Flagstaff City Council is considering rezoning a plot of land slated for the construction of a large-scale student-oriented housing complex. But a petition submitted by local residents who oppose the project could block the rezoning. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The proposed 664-bed, five-story development called the Hub is planned for Mikes Pike in Flagstaff’s Southside neighborhood. The petition will require six out of seven council members to pass the rezoning ordinance. Without the rezone, developers would have to submit a new site plan and alter its design.

A previous vote by the council to rezone the property passed 4 to 3.

Some residents and local business owners say the Hub is too large and out of character with the historic neighborhood. They also say it would create parking and traffic problems.

The Hub’s developer, Core Campus, however, says the project will address a shortage of housing options in Flagstaff, and will fit in with the neighborhood.

The city council will vote on the rezoning ordinance March 22.

Ryan Heinsius joined the KNAU newsroom as executive producer in 2013 and was named news director and managing editor in 2024. As a reporter, he has covered a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Public Media Journalists Association Award winner, and a frequent contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and national newscast.
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