A battle over beds has brewed between the town of Hamden and Quinnipiac University.
Town officials said the school is violating an agreement it made nearly 10 years ago when it built its York Hill campus.
Hamden claims the university agreed to provide a bed for every undergrad. Quinnipiac, however, argues there's a bed for everyone who wants one.
The school is being fined $150 a day by the town.
When it wanted to build the York Campus in 2006, as part of the special permit that was granted, the university agreed to “provide sufficient dormitories to accommodate the full-time undergraduate population on campus.”
"There's been a back and forth battle between Quinnipiac, the students [and] the neighborhood,” said Bob Mongillo of Hamden. “I live in the neighborhood. We're not impressed with what goes on here."
Quinnipiac said it has beds for about 80 percent of its 6,300 undergrads. It also said about 270 beds are not even being used.
Still, the town said the agreement clearly states there should be one for every student, regardless of whether it's being used.
Under those terms, the school is about 1,300 beds short.
"Sounds like a capacity issue that Hamden's concerned about, but Hamden doesn't like us in general because we throw parties and they don't like that,” said Aaron Soucy, a Quinnipiac senior. “But they have to understand that we stimulate their economy."
When reached for comment Monday, a spokesperson for the school would only say “The University is appealing the decision.”
Paperwork with the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission shed a little light on the school's stance.
In filing the appeal, Quinnipiac's attorney said there is no requirement that all of its students live on campus.
“The interpretation that the condition requires a bed for every undergraduate is not reasonable,” the attorney said in the appeal. “The University would have never agreed to such a condition.”
"I think it should be done,” Mongillo said. “However, they're a big help to the town. It works both ways, so I hope they can work it out."
A public hearing with the commission on the appeal is scheduled for March 19.
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