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TWU leases another apartment complex

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By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer

Texas Woman’s University entered into an agreement for another apartment complex with Scott Brown Properties and plans to lease at least one more. TWU is leasing Austin Villas at 1115 Austin St.

This is the seventh apartment complex TWU has added to what it is calling TWU Select Apartments. All of the apartments have been leased through Scott Brown Properties.

It is in negotiations for an eighth apartment complex.

TWU determined it would need 100 more beds for the fall.

“New student housing applications are ahead of last year,” said Richard Nicholas, TWU’s vice president for student life.

Freshmen housing applications are running ahead of projections, he said.

Austin Villas will add 12 beds.

“This is a smaller unit, but it’s nice and it’s very close and meets our requirements,” Nicholas said.

In February, the university entered into an agreement for Withers Place Apartments at 517 Withers St., La Maureta Apartments at 417 Withers St. and the Vineyard Apartments at 902 Vine St. Together, these three apartments add 74 beds.

The leases for all of these will begin in August.

TWU leases the entire facility. Other requirements include being within walking distance to campus, available parking at the apartment complex and the condition of the property must meet university standards.

TWU began looking for off-campus housing in 2011 when it leased Bent Tree Apartments at 1000 N. Bell Ave., Lone Star Apartments at 600 Texas St. and Austin Place Apartments at 1005 N. Austin St.

In the fall, TWU also leased up to 100 rooms from Quality Inn and Suites on Dallas Drive. It didn’t need those rooms during the spring semester.

Nicholas said the need for housing is there, but TWU isn’t ready to build.

“How we approach it and how soon we approach is still to be discussed,” he said.

It will take about two years to build new housing on campus.

The TWU Board of Regents was scheduled to vote on soliciting proposals for the design of a new residence hall in November but that item was removed from the agenda.

TWU officials said at the time that they weren’t ready to talk with regents about the building.

In February, the regents approved an expenditure of up to $188,540 from auxiliary funds to purchase furniture for the overflow housing.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter @rmehlhaff.