On Friday, American University submitted last minute revisions [PDF] to its 2010-2020 campus plan before the Zoning Commission, including removing 180 beds from new residence hall [PDF] on its East Campus and eliminating street-facing windows in the new building.
East Campus was originally projected to house 1,000 students, but now only 590 new beds will be built after a number of voluntary reductions.
AU will recoup some of the latest losses by adding 150 beds to Nebraska Hall – another dorm scheduled to be built under this plan – but there will still be intense student demand for more housing. Almost a third of students live off-campus and the university does not guarantee housing for sophomores. At Georgetown, only around 15 percent of students live off-campus.
Also, AU agreed to orient the windows on these new residences so that they will not face the street. This comes after ANC demands that windows on any new dorms not have the ability to open.
“Student residences should be built with windows that do not open to limit noise impacts on neighboring residents and with tinted windows that shield from residents’ views the type of window hangings that are characteristically found in the windows of AU’s student dorms,” reads ANC 3D’s report on the AU campus plan.
Finally, the campus plan revision changes the “projected enrollment” to a mandatory overall “cap” of 13,600 students and 2,900 faculty and staff.
Perhaps AU have better luck than Georgetown, which submitted its own campus plan revisions in April. Georgetown agreed to add 250 more beds in response to neighborhood demands for more on-campus housing, but these concessions were met with demands that the University house 100 percent of its undergraduates on campus.
AU’s campus plan will have its first hearing on June 9th.