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Student housing tower in Tucson provokes debate

TUCSON, Ariz.-- A 14-story student-housing tower is provoking debate as its framework starts to dominate the skyline near the University of Arizona.

The tower being constructed by a Chicago-based development company will house 585 students when it opens in August for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that the building will become the sixth-tallest in Tucson.

The building is the first of three towers planned for the area, and neighborhood activist Chris Gans said projects that big will make it difficult to do other kinds of housing in the area.

Bob Lanning is an architect who supported the project as a way to provide density to reduce dependency on cars.

Lanning said he's somewhat surprised by the mass of the project as it takes shape.

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