University relents, satellite campus option dead
The University confirmed today that it has officially tabled the satellite dorm option in favor of renovating the old Jesuit residences, Ryan and Mulledy, for student accommodations in order to satisfy the Campus Plan student housing requirements.
This development marks a departure from the University’s previous stance of hedging and parsing words on the issue. While this does not constitute an absolute moratorium on Georgetown-branded housing off-campus, the administration has decided to commit to alternative options to meet the deadline to add 385 beds on campus by 2015.
“[The University] is now focusing on the Northeast Triangle and Ryan and Mulledy, which they have now confirmed … as their plan … they want to start up an engagement process on design very soon,” said Georgetown University Student Association President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14).
Both students and the administration acknowledged the role that student voices played in this decision. “In arriving at this decision, the University carefully considered the input provided by our student body,” Lauralyn Lee, associate vice president of community engagement and strategic initiatives, wrote in an email to Vox. “We heard loud and clear that most students want to live on campus, and are heartened that this view reinforces our planning principle of developing the main campus.”
“This is a big victory for students,” Tisa said. Tisa credited students for remaining engaged and voting in the referendum passed earlier this year.
Zach Singer (SFS ’15), Tisa’s chief of staff and one of the heads of the One Georgetown, One Campus campaign, said, “This is very exciting news … with the help of student input, we’ve arrived at a conclusion that I think most students are happy with.”
Vox will keep you posted as the story develops.
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