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A future UWSP project has nearby homeowners upset

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point leaders have plans to build a four-story parking garage and it has some nearby neighbors upset.

UWSP is building a $75 million science center on an existing parking lot.

To replace those parking spots, university leaders believe a parking garage is the answer.

"What we're trying to meet is our day-in and day-out activity for short-term parkers, the commuting students, as well as the many visitors that come to campus," said Carl Rasmussen, Director of Facilities Planning at UWSP.

But where the school plans to build the new structure is close to nearby homes.

According to a UWSP study, 58 residents will be affected.

Many of those residents oppose the project.

One reason a few of the residents say is because of how close the new parking garage will be to their backyards.

"For most of them they will not be able to see anything but concrete, cars and fumes, and probably won't see the western sun," said Rory Suomi, nearby homeowner.

Kenneth Dachyk is another one of the homeowners affected by the project.

Dachyk says he and his wife have lived in their house for 55 years.

He adds that the traffic problem keeps getting worse.

"We see all of these cars coming back and fourth back and fourth and now they're talking about putting 600 more cars in this structure," Dachyk said.

The project is still in the beginning stages.

University leaders say they plan on working with their neighbors as much as possible.

They added that the needs of students and faculty come first.

School officials say the $13 million parking garage is scheduled to open in 2017.

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