A few members of the public spoke out against the possible closure of a portion of Ninth Street Monday as the Hastings City Council approved a developer agreement.
The city of Hastings has been in talks for nearly two years with Hastings College regarding the college’s request to close a one-block stretch of Ninth Street between Ash and Elm avenues.
The goal of the closure is to create a walking path and more green space between the north and south portions of the campus now divided by the street.
The initial argument of the college was that forcing students to cross the street multiple times a day to go to classes and eat meals was dangerous.
Larry Wilson, who lives just to the east of the college at 839 N. Fourth Ave., said he doesn’t understand that argument.
“College students and faculty have intellect and maturity to look both ways before they cross the street,” he said. “Small children in residential areas haven’t reached this level of maturity yet. We don’t need any more small children accidents.”