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Residents Campaign Against Proposed Student Housing



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    Residents of a Lowell apartment complex have organized a campaign to prevent the building from being sold to UMass-Lowell for use as student housing.

    The Sun reports that tenants of Perkins Park met to discuss their next steps on Sunday, about a week after the university announced plans to purchase the 230-unit structure and convert it into student housing within two years.

    UMass-Lowell doesn't plan to renew any leases, although residents in good standing may elect to stay as tenants-at-will when their lease expires.

    Residents say they are frustrated that they are being forced from their homes, or at the very least being asked to share living space with college students.

    The $61.5 million sale of the building is expected to close next month.

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