Earlier in the year there was a lot of confusion and frustration about the proposed location of a hotel on campus. While this project wouldn’t affect most of today’s undergraduates, it is a proposal that has been in the pipeline for more than two decades, and students have a right to be concerned about the future of Stony Brook.
The developer has paid for, completed and released a comprehensive report of the impact on the campus. They also released details of the agreement, including the fact that Stony Brook will pay nothing out of pocket (so this will not be hampered by recent budget cuts), the owner will pay a $100,000 land lease to the Stony Brook Foundation every year, including a percentage of the equity. This money will stay on campus, but it isn’t considered a large benefit or a motivating factor for the project.
The report includes renderings of the visual impact from the road. Please take some time to skim through the PDF: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/campushotel/index.shtml
USG has not yet voiced an official opinion about the hotel, but we heard opinions for and against earlier in the year. This year’s senate did not feel compelled to pass a resolution.