"This document was shoved down our throats," said Jack Lucas, who lives in the College Park neighborhood adjacent to the college. "We have to digest 500 pages in a few days. That's not enough time."

Residents said there were many unanswered questions about various projects in the report, which college officials chalked up to the plan's 10-year timeline.

The need for and placement of a proposed campus residence and multi-use building were debated fervently during the meeting.

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"I know you have to expand, but this seems excessive," resident Al Robertson said to college officials. "I don't think you're being considerate of that."

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The proposed student residence, which is slated to be built between 2017 and 2019, would house 1,800 students. It is planned for the corner of Adams and the campus entry in what is now the Adams Parking Lot.

The four-story multi-use building would consist of commercial and retail uses on the street level and a boutique hotel on the upper levels. It is slated to be built on the corner of Merrimac and Fairview Road.

Commercial uses could include restaurants, retail spaces, meeting space and a ballroom. The boutique hotel would provide up to 145 rooms that would be operated by students, according to the EIR and campus officials. The project has not yet been scheduled for construction.

Both the housing and hotel would be funded by an unidentified private partner.

College Park residents believe that the multi-use building will cause their neighborhood to become noisy and polluted with traffic. They advocated moving the structure to another part of campus that isn't near homes.

"Our privacy is going to be impacted," Robertson said. "We have a two-story home, which means three stories of that building are going to be looking in my windows and backyard."

After Monday's meeting, college officials decided to send another copy of the EIR to residents within a mile of the campus, said Vice President of Administrative Services Richard Pagel.

Officials will host a public meeting in OCC's library at 6 p.m. July 15 to continue to gather comments from neighbors.