TWU looking at housing options

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Texas Woman’s University is in negotiations to rent more apartments to keep up with the demand on student housing, but no leases have been signed.

Although the university doesn’t need extra rooms for the spring semester, it anticipates needing more rooms for the fall semester.

“The target was about 100 [rooms],” said Richard Nicholas, vice president of Student Life. “It could be more than that.”

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus.

TWU began leasing three apartment complexes from Scott Brown Properties — Bent Tree Apartments at 1000 N. Bell Ave., Lone Star Apartments at 600 Texas St. and Austin Place Apartments at 1005 N. Austin St. — after outgrowing its existing facilities in 2011.

In the fall, TWU signed an agreement with Quality Inn and Suites, located on Dallas Drive, to lease up to 100 rooms.

No students are in the hotel for the spring semester, Nicholas said.

The TWU Board of Regents was scheduled to vote on soliciting proposals for design of a new residence hall in November, but the item, as well as other building-related items, was taken off the agenda. It was at this meeting that TWU Chancellor and President Ann Stuart announced her retirement.

Nicholas said TWU was waiting to see the initial budget out of the Legislature before proceeding with building projects.

TWU is talking with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board about building projects, he said. The coordinating board would have to approve the project before any residence halls can be built.

Even if a building project gets started later this year, TWU still has to address its anticipated housing needs for the fall, Nicholas said.

It will take 18 months to two years to build a new residence hall, he said.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com.


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