University proposes additional sophomore housing by 2012

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    The university has proposed additional housing for sophomores that will try to accommodate about 300 students in a residential facility in Worth Hills by 2012, according to a Board of Trustees agenda action titled, “The Sophomore Housing Facility Project.”

    Craig Allen, director of housing & residence life, said the project is currently only a proposal as of Thursday.

    Preliminary costs for the Sophomore Housing Facility Project are around $28 million, but are subject to change, according to the document.

    An increase in student admission and renovations to on-campus housing will leave 400-500 students who want to live on campus searching for alternatives, according to a document written by Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration. The document was distributed to representatives at the Student Relations Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees April 7.

    The proposed new housing facility would be located at the intersection of Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North. The proposal for a new residence hall occurred as a result of the delay in the Greek Village project at Worth Hills, which would provide updated housing for students living in fraternity and sorority housing.

    According to the Trustee Student Relations Committee agenda, the TCU Master Plan for housing is to have two-thirds of all undergraduates living on campus.

    About 450-600 sophomore beds will be needed in the new residence halls. Factors such as parking space, funding and reuse of existing residence halls are still undecided.

    According to the document by Mills, more detailed plans regarding the Sophomore Housing Facility Project and the Greek Village will take place after Kathryn Cavins-Tull, the new vice chancellor for student affairs, starts at TCU next fall.