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Jul 18, 12:08 PM EDT

School backs off buying Corvallis park to expand


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- After protests from residents, the Oregon community college based in Albany has backed off the idea of buying city parkland to expand its Corvallis branch.

The president of the Linn-Benton Community College, Greg Hamann, says the school will instead examine alternatives to buying part of the 4-acre Washington Park in the central part of the city.

The board that advises the City Council on parks had voted to oppose the sale. Chairwoman Betty Griffiths tells the Gazette-Times ( http://bit.ly/1nTdL0a ) the school's decision would build support for a bond issue on the November ballot.

School officials approached the City Council about purchasing the parkland as part of the $34 million bond effort. It would pay for expansion of the college's Benton Center and other projects on campuses in Albany and Lebanon.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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