Letter: Stony Brook housing inadequate
Stony Brook University's response to the student housing crunch is at best shortsighted and at worst irresponsible ["Limiting enrollment is wrong response," Letters, Aug. 13].
Any large organization looking to expand wisely studies the necessary infrastructure before moving forward. If, for example, I were to build a factory that would create 8,000 jobs, I would want to first identify legal, available housing for my employees. If I were a responsible business owner, I would want to be certain I was not destroying neighborhoods in an effort to create something good.
Building 1,600 units in three to five years will not begin to solve the student housing problem. At a recent Brookhaven Town Board meeting, a Stony Brook representative cited a shortage of 8,000 beds.
Stony Brook claims that its housing numbers are in line with other state universities. This may be true, but how does off-campus student housing affect these communities? Do absentee landlords break the law in Binghamton and Albany? Do they reap financial rewards at the expense of homeowners in single-family communities? Have the surrounding areas found it necessary to organize to save their neighborhoods?
There are many ways to improve the situation. One example would be to build apartments in commercial areas, sell them to private owners and allow them to rent to students.
Letitia Krauer, Stony Brook
Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, a group that opposes housing rented illegally to university students.