Cougar Place residents must move out and find a new place to live before Fall 2011. Brianna Leigh Morrison
BYE-BYE COUGAR PLACE
Old dorms on campus demolished to make way for new sophomore living quarters
By Cristi Guerra and Darlene Campos
After being a home away from home to many students, Cougar
Place, a residential dorm facility, will be demolished this summer,
leaving students to have to find new living accommodations at an
"The facility has far outlived its expected life span, and officials have decided to deconstruct Cougar Place in order to make
room for future housing," University Services Communication
Coordinator Lindsay Marshall said.
Students living in Cougar Place paid the least amount for any
campus housing, at about $471 per month for a single.
Students in Moody Towers paid about $579 per month for a
single and Cougar Village singles paid about $663 per month.
Apartment housing on campus starts at $600 per month.
"The deconstruction of Cougar Place this fall will not result
in the displacement of any students. The housing agreements
are for an academic year or for a summer semester, so they will
have expired prior to the beginning of the project," Assistant Vice
President of University Services Emily Messa said.
Anthony Agi, a post-baccalaureate student studying hotel and
restaurant management, has lived at Cougar Place since August.
He plans on moving to Cullen Oaks during the summer due to the
"I would have loved to stay here, but it's old," Agi said. "We are
benefitting from cheap rates, but a lot of people complain that it is
old, the air conditioning is too loud and there are roaches running
Agi didn't mind the difficulties because of the reduced rates,
but he said he is also excited to be moving to a newer location.
"I have mixed feelings, other places are better, but this is
cheaper," Agi said.
Cougar Place demolition is planned to take place towards the
end of summer 2011. Students living at Cougar Place will not be
evicted due to the demolition.
"No student will be evicted. How much students will have to
pay now will depend on where they relocate," Executive Director
of Media Relations Richard Bonnin said. "A new Campus Housing
Booklet has been completed and is available online. University
Services is being proactive in sharing information about housing
options and is reaching out across campus to answer questions."
All Cougar Place material, fixtures, and furniture that are in
good enough condition will be either reused around campus or recycled. The mural, done by artist Malou Flato, will be taken down,
but will be restored and installed in another campus location.
A new housing complex will take the place of Cougar Place.
"The University is in the programming stages for sophomore-
style housing, which will be located on the former Cougar Place
site," Bonnin said. "We anticipate 800-1,000 beds being available
at this site, but that's a preliminary estimate. The number could
easily change as plans develop."
Proposals have been made to increase the total number of
available beds on campus.
"The administration is currently having a wide-ranging discussion of all of the issues relating to student success and residential
life as we prepare to have 8,000 residents living on campus by
2013," he said.
There are currently 4,031 available beds on campus, but only
2,225 of them are filled, which leaves about 57 percent vacant.