January 22, 2016 Update: This story was based on answers to our reporter from LBCC’s Vice President of Finance and Operations, his name is Dave Henderson.
Today, responsive to questions from our editor, LBCC President Greg Hamann confirmed that Henderson withheld key facts from the paper. These facts would have materially changed our reporting.
Late last year, we reported that Jeff Davis, who is LBCC’s Regional Director for Benton County, admitted to being untruthful with another of our reporters concerning the college’s Corvallis campus expansion.
The LBCC Benton Center expansion and parking lot dilemma continues. Now that LBCC says Washington Park is officially off of the table, we’re all wondering what the plan is—so we asked. After all, voters granted Linn Benton Community College a hefty bond to add classrooms and parking at the Corvallis campus.
According to Dave Henderson, Vice President of Finance and Operations, the college is still “….looking at several parking options in the vicinity of the Benton Center and will continue to pursue those.” Henderson also confirmed that using their own land at the Benton Center is still a possibility. When asked what their timeframe was for making a decision and having a completed parking solution, he declined to be any more specific than “as soon as possible.”
As we reported previously, if the college builds on the space they currently own, they will have to build a multilevel parking structure, whereas if they are able to purchase another piece of land, they will be able to construct surface parking. The latter would potentially save one-quarter to two-thirds the cost on that component of the project, which would allow more money for classroom space.
By Hannah Darling