CCNB’s plans for Bathurst student residence turned down by city council

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick’s plans for a student residence in Bathurst were recently turned down by the Bathurst council. The college planned to renovate a vacant building to create a student residence that would house 34 students, but CBC reports that the council voted against the project after hearing opposition from residents and noting that the development would have required re-zoning. CCNB President Pierre Zundel said that residents may have not understood the developer’s plans or “put unnecessary weight on scenarios that are not going to happen.” Zundel said that students are struggling to find places to live in the city and that the shortage in housing supply is making it increasingly difficult to attract students and keep them in the community after graduation.